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Montour, Reinhart to represent Canada at Worlds

Tournament begins on May 10

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Brandon Montour and Sam Reinhart will join Sabres general manager Jason Botterill in representing Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia next month. 

Montour and Reinhart were included on a roster released by Hockey Canada on Monday, the entirety of which can be found in the tweet below.

Tweet from @HC_Men: 🇨 #IIHFWorlds Roster:T. BertuzziM. BlackwoodT. ChabotA. CirelliS. CouturierD. FabbroC. HartA. HenriqueM. JosephA. ManthaJ. MarchessaultB. MontourM. MurrayD. NurseS. ReinhartD. SeversonT. StecherM. StoneD. StromeJ. TavaresS. TheodoreK. Turris https://t.co/HMgfWntgBZ

Jack Eichel is also participating in the tournament as a member of Team USA. 

Reinhart last played for Team Canada at the World Championship following his rookie season in 2016, when he tallied four points in 10 games and won a gold medal. He previously won gold at the World Junior Championship in 2015. 

The fourth-year forward established career highs in assists (43), points (65) and even-strength goals (20) in 82 games this past season. He announced his plans to participate in Worlds during his interview at locker cleanout day. 

Video: LOCKER CLEAN OUT: Reinhart

Montour, meanwhile, has never represented Canada on the international stage. He tallied 10 points (3+7) in 20 games after being acquired by the Sabres at the trade deadline. 

Botterill was tasked with crafting the roster as part of a three-person management team alongside Ron Francis and Ron Hextall. He spoke about the advantages of his participation at Worlds during his end-of-season press conference on April 7. 

"I view it as a big advantage right now," he said. "The communication with other general managers, finding out more information about different players, Canadian players throughout the league, and then just interacting with Hockey Canada on different coaches, not only for this team but past coaches that have worked with World Championships, getting feedback from them.

"I'm a proud Canadian. I'm certainly going to try and help out Hockey Canada whenever I have the opportunity and I also feel from a personal growth [standpoint] as a general manager, this is a great opportunity."

The Canadians open the preliminary round against Finland on May 10 at 10:15 a.m. Their full schedule is below, with all times Eastern. 

Friday, May 10 vs. Finland - 10:15 a.m.
Sunday, May 12 vs. Great Britain - 2:15 p.m.
Monday, May 13 vs. Slovakia - 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 16 vs. France - 10:15 a.m.
Saturday, May 18 vs. Germany - 10:15 a.m.
Monday, May 20 vs. Denmark - 2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21 vs. United States - 2:15 p.m.

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