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Gerber, Schubert off to worlds

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
The off-season isn't quite here yet for two more Ottawa Senators.

Goaltender Martin Gerber (Switzerland) and defenceman Christoph Schubert (Germany) have been added to their respective countries' rosters for the IIHF 2008 World Hockey Championship, which begins Friday in Quebec City and Halifax.

For Gerber, it marks a fifth appearance at the hockey worlds, most recently in 2005, when he posted a 3-3-0 record and 1.67 goals-against average.

He has also represented his country at the last two Winter Olympics, in Salt Lake City in 2002 and in Turin, Italy, in 2006.

Schubert was one of three National Hockey League players added to the German roster by coach Uwe Krupp, along with Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Dennis Seidenberg and Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm.

It will be Schubert's fourth world championship participation for his homeland. He also wore Germany's colours at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.

Gerber and Schubert join Senators teammates Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley, who are members of Team Canada, in this year's world hockey tournament.

Switzerland plays its worlds opener Saturday vs. France. Its pool group, based in Quebec City, also includes Sweden and Belarus.

Germany, meanwhile, is grouped with Finland, Slovakia and Norway for play in Halifax. The Germans open against the Finns on Saturday.

For a full world hockey championship schedule, click here.

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