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Seven Preds Head to IIHF World Championship

Forsberg, Arvidsson, Ekholm, Josi, Fiala, Bonino and Tolvanen All to Represent Respective Countries in Annual Tournament

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

With their run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs coming to an end, seven Predators players will now head to Denmark to compete for their countries in the ongoing 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Preds Captain Roman Josi and forward Kevin Fiala will skate for their native Switzerland, wingers Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg, plus defenseman Mattias Ekholm, will represent Sweden, center Nick Bonino will join Team USA, and forward Eeli Tolvanen will skate for Finland.

This will mark Josi's seventh time appearing in the tournament for Switzerland, with the defenseman totaling 24 points in 41 games in his six prior trips. Josi was named the 2013 World Championship MVP and Best Defenseman while leading all blueliners in the tournament with four goals and nine points to help Switzerland to a silver medal.

Fiala has skated twice before in the World Championship, recording five points in 15 games for Switzerland.

Bonino has previously appeared once for Team USA at the 2015 World Championship, recording four points in 10 games on the way to a bronze medal.

This trip will Mark Ekholm's fourth experience at the World Championship, recording 11 points in 20 games all-time, including a bronze medal win in 2014. Forsberg's only previous World Championship experience came in 2015 when the Swede tallied eight goals and nine points in just eight games.

Both Arvidsson and Tolvanen will be making their World Championship debuts for their respective countries, although they're both well versed in international junior competition. Tolvanen also represented Finland in the 2018 Winter Olympics, posting three goals and nine points in just five games to earn a spot on the Olympic All-Star Team.

The preliminary round of the World Championship will continue through May 15 with the bronze and gold medal games set for May 20. Josi and Fiala will face off against Arvidsson, Forsberg and Ekholm when Switzerland and Sweden meet on May 13, while Bonino and Tolvanen will go head-to-head when the Finns meet the Americans on May 15.

At the moment, Sweden and the United States are currently atop their respective group standings, and the Swedes are a perfect 4-0-0 thus far.

A full schedule is available by clicking here and a number of games are being shown on NHL Network in the United States.

Update: Kyle Turris has been added to Canada's roster and will compete for his country at the World Championship for the second time in his career.

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