A few Senators are seeing their time on the ice extended this year as they get set to represent their countries at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
Ottawa will have six players suit up this month and for one of them this tournament marks a long awaited homecoming.
"It's pretty special for me," said Christian Jaros who was born in Kosice and has been named to Team Slovakia. "I grew up there but haven't played in my hometown for 7 or 8 years now so I'm really looking forward to play in front of my family and friends."
Along with Jaros, who has represented Slovakia twice in the past 3 years at the World Championship, several Senators will also be returning to play for their countries in this tournament including Thomas Chabot, Colin White, Mikkel Boedker and Rudolfs Balcers while Christian Wolanin is set to make his international debut with Team USA.
"For most of the guys here our seasons ended almost a month ago," Chabot told TSN's Brent Wallace during Team Canada's camp leading up to the tournament. "We're a little rusty but I think just getting back on the ice, getting to know some of your new teammates and develop some chemistry with the other guys has been good so far,"
The tournament kicks off tomorrow and concludes with the Gold Medal game on May 26th. With a lot of hockey to be played over those 16 days, Jaros is hopeful to catch up with some of his Ottawa teammates to show them around his home town.
"I think it will depend on the tournament schedule a little bit," said Jaros. "But if we can find some time, then for sure I'd love to take them out to dinner or just show them around the city."
Here's a look at which Senators you can catch in action starting tomorrow morning:
- Team Canada: Thomas Chabot
- Team USA: Colin White, Christian Wolanin
- Team Denmark: Mikkel Boedker
- Team Slovakia: Christian Jaros
- Team Latvia: Rudolfs Balcers
Some Sens-related match-ups in the round robin:
- May 10th @ 2:15 p.m. - Slovakia vs. USA
- May 13th @ 2:15 p.m. - Canada vs. Slovakia
- May 18th @ 6:15 a.m. - Denmark vs. USA
- May 20th @ 2:15 p.m. - Canada vs. Denmark
- May 21st @ 10:15 a.m. - Slovakia vs. Denmark
- May 21st @ 2:15 p.m. - Canada vs. USA
We'll provide some daily updates on Twitter as to where and when you can catch the Sens players in action and you can find the full tournament schedule here.