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Trio of Sens off to the Worlds

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

As the Sens met with the media for the final time this season on Monday, three players confirmed that they will be heading to Russia to represent their countries at the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Mark Stone and Cody Ceci have accepted offers to join Team Canada while rookie defenceman Chris Wideman was added to Team USA's roster.

This will be the first tournament for Stone and Ceci however each of them has represented Team Canada in the past. Stone lead the 2012 World Junior team in scoring with 7 goals and 10 points while Ceci participated in the U-18 tournament for Canada back in 2011.

"It'll be a great experience for me," Ceci told the media Monday morning. "It's an honour when you get to wear the Hockey Canada crest so it'll be very exciting."

The Sens stall-mates are also notoriously close off the ice, with Ceci even joining Stone at the 2015 NHL Awards in Las Vegas last June.

"I see him enough already but I'm going to see him a little longer I guess (laughs)," Ceci continued. "It'll be nice to have a teammate and a good friend over there."

American defenceman Chris Wideman broke his participation in the tournament on Twitter:

"Bryan told me about a week ago and I've been sitting on it," Wideman said during his year-end scrum. "Kept it to myself and now it's official."

Wideman finished his first NHL campaign with 6 goals and 7 assists in 64 games and looked more comfortable and confident as the season progressed. Although disappointed his rookie year ended without an opportunity to play in the post-season, the St. Louis native remains upbeat about the chance to play for Team USA.

"I'd trade it for the playoffs any day of the week. It's a tremendous honour and obviously being able to represent your country is going to be great but I'd rather be playing in the playoffs."

Senators athletic therapist Gerry Townend and equipment manager John Forget will also make the trip overseas as a part of Team Canada's support staff.

The 2016 IIHF World Championship kicks off on May 6th in St. Petersburg with Stone, Ceci and Team Canada facing off against Wideman and Team USA.

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