Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has won two gold medals with Team Canada at the Olympics. Now he’ll try to lead them to one at the World Championship.
“I’m going to play,” Crosby said. “It’s been a while since I’ve played in that, so I’m excited.”
This will be Crosby’s second career appearance at the tournament, which will be hosted by the Czech Republic in the cities of Prague and Ostrava from May 1-17.
Crosby’s first World Championship appearance came after his rookie season back in 2006, where he finished with eight goals and 16 points in nine games and was named the tournament’s Top Forward as Canada finished fourth – losing to Finland in the bronze medal game.
While Marc-Andre Fleury would like to join Crosby on Team Canada, it doesn’t look like there is space on the roster.
“I saw they already have two goalies,” said Fleury, who earned a gold medal alongside Crosby at the 2010 Olympics and won silver medals with Team Canada at the 2003 and ’04 World Junior Championships. “I just looked online (laughs). Checked it out. So I guess it’s probably not going to happen.”
Their teammate Evgeni Malkin isn’t sure yet if he will be representing Russia at the tournament.
“They called me. I can’t say right now if I'll go or not because I haven’t talked to Mike (Johnston) still,” Malkin said. “I like playing for the national team, but I can’t say it right now.”
Malkin has represented Russia five times at the World Championship, finishing with 19 points in 10 games during the 2012 tournament – which established a new Team Russia scoring record. He finished with 11 goals and eight assists, earning him tournament MVP and Top Forward honors as Russia took home the gold medal.
UPDATE: After meeting with Malkin for his exit interview on Monday, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said on Tuesday he believes the 28-year-old will represent his country at the World Championship.
"I do believe Geno’s going to go and play for Russia. He told me yesterday he wasn’t sure he’d play all the games, but he’s committed to his country," Rutherford said. "He didn’t want to say no to them. So he will go over there and I think he’ll kind of play it by ear. But I would suspect he’ll play some games, (just) not at 100 percent."
Crosby and Malkin's schedules, courtesy of Pens PR...