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Preds Helping Countries Succeed at 2019 IIHF World Championship

Josi, Turris Among Predators Leading Countries to Fast Starts in Annual Tournament

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Teams populated by members of the Predators - Canada, Switzerland and Sweden - are all finding success in the preliminary round at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

Preds forward Kyle Turris and defenseman Dante Fabbro of Canada, and blueliner Mattias Ekholm of Sweden, have helped their clubs to 2-1-0 records thus far, while Nashville defensemen Roman Josi and Yannick Weber are a perfect 4-0-0 with Switzerland.

Turris, who is captaining Team Canada at the tournament, has two goals and three assists through three outings, with both tallies coming in an 8-0 triumph over Great Britain. Fabbro also scored in that win with a blast on the power play, assisted by Turris.

Tweet from @HC_Men: 👀 @17Fabbro with the slapper from the point! #IIHFWorlds

Josi has one goal, three assists and a plus-7 rating for the Swiss through four games, and while Weber has yet to factor in on the scoresheet, he carries a plus-5 rating of his own.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: #SUIAUT #IHFWorlds @rjosi90 snipes the puck to the back of the net and puts @SwissIceHockey up 2-0 over @hockeyaustria Stay up to the minute with game action with the IIHF App: ���������

Ekholm is also searching for his first point of the tournament, but he's a plus-2 for a Swedish club that has outscored their opponents by a 19-6 count thus far.

The opening round continues through May 21, including a meeting between Josi, Weber and Ekholm on May 18 when Switzerland faces Sweden.

Click here for a full schedule from the IIHF, and stay tuned to in the coming days and weeks for continuing coverage on Nashville's tournament participants.

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