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Six Rangers to Participate in the 2019 IIHF World Championship

Henrik Lundqvist, Filip Chytil, Alexandar Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei, and Adam Fox will represent their respective countries in the tournament; Chris Drury serving as General Manager for the United States

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Six New York Rangers players will represent their respective countries in the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), Filip Chytil (Czech Republic), Alexandar Georgiev (Russia), Chris Kreider (United States), Brady Skjei (United States), and Adam Fox (United States) will represent their respective countries in the tournament, which takes place in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia from May 10 to May 26.

Lundqvist will represent Sweden at the IIHF World Championship for the sixth time (2003 - did not appear in a game, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2017, 2019). He helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, as he posted a 5-0-0 record, along with a 1.31 GAA and a .946 SV% in five appearances in the tournament. Lundqvist led all goaltenders in GAA and SV% during the 2017 IIHF World Championship. He earned a silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Championship, as he posted a 1.64 GAA and a .925 SV% in eight appearances, and he was named to the Tournament All-Star Team. He was a member of Sweden's silver medal-winning team at the 2003 IIHF World Championship.

The Are, Sweden native will be representing his country in a major international tournament for the 14th time in his career. In addition to winning a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Lundqvist helped Sweden capture a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. A three-time Olympian (2006, 2010, 2014), Lundqvist also helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He is the NHL's all-time leader in wins (449), shutouts (63), and appearances (857) by a Swedish goaltender.

Chytil is the youngest player on the Czech Republic's roster at the 2019 IIHF World Championship (19 years old). He is representing the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship for the second consecutive year. Chytil tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in seven games at the 2018 IIHF World Championship and became the youngest player to ever tally a goal for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship.

The Kromeriz, Czech Republic native will be representing his country in a major international tournament for the sixth time in his career. Chytil helped the Czech Republic earn a gold medal at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, as he recorded four points (three goals, one assist) in five games.

Georgiev, who was born in Bulgaria and moved to Russia as a child, will represent Russia at the IIHF World Championship for the first time in his career. He helped Russia earn a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he posted a 2.52 GAA in five appearances. Following the conclusion of the 2018-19 NHL season, Georgiev played with Russia's National Team during the Euro Hockey Tour, and he earned a win in three of his five appearances.

Video: Kreider, Skjei on Team USA at World Championship

Kreider will represent the United States at the IIHF World Championship for the fourth time in his career (2010, 2011, 2018, 2019). He registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) and posted a plus-seven rating in 10 games while helping the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. Kreider tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating in the tournament, and he was named the United States' Best Player of the Game in the Bronze Medal Game against Canada, as he recorded two goals in the contest. Kreider has tallied 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) and has posted a plus-11 rating in 23 career games at the IIHF World Championship.

The Boxford, Massachusetts native will be representing the United States in a major international tournament for the sixth time in his career. Kreider helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he registered seven points (six goals, one assist) in seven games. He also helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Skjei will represent the United States at the IIHF World Championship for the third time in his career (2016, 2017, 2019). In addition, the Lakeville, Minnesota native will be representing the United States in a major international tournament for the sixth time in his career. Skjei helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship, and he led all skaters with a plus-10 rating in the tournament. He also helped the United States earn a silver medal at the 2011 World U17 Hockey Challenge.

Fox will represent the United States at the IIHF World Championship for the first time in his career. The Jericho, New York native will be representing the United States in a major international tournament for the fifth time in his career, and he has helped Team USA earn a medal in each of the first four tournaments. Fox helped the United States earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. He was also named the Best Defenseman during the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, and he helped the United States earn a bronze medal in the tournament.

Chris Drury, the Rangers' Assistant General Manager and the General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack, was named the General Manager of the 2019 U.S. Men's National Team on March 20, 2019. He served as part of the management group for the U.S. Men's National Team in both 2016 and 2017. Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton is also serving on the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group for the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Gorton also served as part of the Advisory Group for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2018, helping Team USA earn a bronze medal in the tournament.

Preliminary Round Games in which Rangers players face off against each other:

  • Friday, May 10 - Czech Republic vs. Sweden (Chytil and Lundqvist)
  • Monday, May 13 - Russia vs. Czech Republic (Georgiev and Chytil)
  • Tuesday, May 21 - Sweden vs. Russia (Lundqvist and Georgiev)
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