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Six Florida Panthers to Participate in 2019 IIHF World Championship

Tournament set from May 10-26 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia

by Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers /

SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers will have six participants at the 2019 IIHF Men's Ice Hockey World Championship from May 10-26 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia. Forward Evgenii Dadonov will represent Team Russia, Forward Frank Vatrano will represent Team USA, forward Juho Lammikko will represent Team Finland and forward Vincent Praplan will represent Team Switzerland. Additionally, Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon will serve on the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group and goaltending coach Robb Tallas will serve as the goaltending coach for Team Italy.

Dadonov, 30, appeared in a career-high 82 games for Florida, producing career-bests in assists (42) and points (70), while tying his career-best in goals (28).

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, will be competing in his sixth IIHF World Championship with Team Russia, having won a gold medal in 2014, a silver medal in 2015 and bronze medals in 2016 and 2017. Over 48 career World Championship tournament games, Dadonov has posted 41 points (15-26-41).

Vatrano, 25, appeared in a career-high 81 games for Florida recording a career-best 24 goals, 15 assists and 39 points. The 5-foot-9, 201-pound native of East Longmeadow, Mass., ranked first (tied) on Florida in goals scored at even-strength (22).

He will be playing in his second IIHF World Championship having represented USA at the 2016 tournament, where he produced eight points (4-4-8) in 10 games. On the international stage, Vatrano won a gold medal with USA at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Junior Championship.

Lammikko, 23, split the season with Florida and the Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL). The 6-foot-2, 191-pound native of Noormarkku, Finland, appeared in 40 games for the Panthers, posting six assists and 36 games for Springfield, notching 18 points.

A gold medalist with Team Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Lammikko is set to make his IIHF World Championship debut.

He was originally selected in the third round (64th overall) of the 2014 by Florida.

Praplan, 24, appeared in 14 games with Springfield (AHL), registering seven points (2-5-7) and 27 games with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) amassing 16 points (4-12-16). The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Sierre, Switzerland was acquired by Florida from the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 22 in exchange for future considerations.

He will be competing in his second IIHF World Championship for Switzerland after being named one of the Swiss team's top three players in 2017. Praplan has represented Switzerland on the international stage at several different levels and tournaments throughout his career including the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Fans can keep up with the Panthers participating at the World Championship tournament by clicking here.

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