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Three Preds to Play in '08 World Championships

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat and defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Ville Koistinen will represent their countries at the 2008 World Championships Tournament to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia & Quebec City, Quebec from May 2 - 18. Rosters for the tournament will be officially submitted on Thursday, May 1.


Erat and Team Czech Republic will play an Exhibition Game on April 28 against France, before opening tournament play on Friday, May 2 against Denmark. Czech Republic is in Pool D for the Preliminary Round, matched up with Denmark, Italy, and Russia.

Hamhuis and Team Canada will play Exhibition Games on April 26 against Finland and April 28 against Russia, before opening tournament play on Friday, May 2 against Slovenia. Canada is in Pool B for the Preliminary Round, matched up with Slovenia, Latvia, and the United States.

Koistinen and Team Finland will play an Exhibition Game on April 26 against Canada, before opening tournament play on Saturday, May 3 against Germany. Finland is in Pool C for the Preliminary Round, match up with Germany, Norway, and Slovakia.

Team USA will play an Exhibition Game on April 27 against Sweden, before opening tournament play on Friday, May 2 against Latvia. The US is in Pool B for the Preliminary Round, matched up with Latvia, Canada, and Slovenia.

Pool A consists of Belarus, France, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The top three teams from each pool advance to the Qualification Round. The top eight teams from the Qualification Round move on to the single elimination Quarterfinals.

Check back to NashvillePredators.com for the latest information on the World Championships, including special updates on Erat, Hamhuis, Koistinen, and Team USA.

Team Schedules
Canada (Hamhuis)
April 26 vs. FIN (ex)
April 28 vs. RUS (ex)
May 2 vs. Slovenia
May 4 vs. Latvia
May 6 vs. USA
May 8 - Qualification Round Starts
May 14 - Quarterfinals

Czech Republic (Erat)
April 28 vs. FRA (ex)
May 2 vs. Denmark
May 4 vs. Russia
May 6 vs. Italy
May 8 - Qualification Round Starts
May 14 - Quarterfinals
Finland (Koistinen)
April 26 vs. CAN (ex)
May 3 vs. Germany
May 5 vs. Norway
May 7 vs. Slovakia
May 8 - Qualification Round Starts
May 14 - Quarterfinals

USA
April 27 vs. SWE (ex)
May 2 vs. Latvia
May 4 vs. Slovenia
May 6 vs. Canada
May 8 - Qualification Round Starts
May 14 - Quarterfinals
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