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Vlasic Named to Canada's 2017 Men's World Championship Team

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - Hockey Canada announced today that San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) has been named to Team Canada's 2017 Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship May 5-21 in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany.

Vlasic, 30, finished 2nd on the Sharks in average time on ice per game (21:14), and ranked 2nd amongst Sharks defensemen in points (28), goals (6), assists (22, tied), shots on goal (144), and game-winning goals (2). His 146 blocked shots ranked 2nd on the team, as did his 2:04 of shorthanded ice time per game.

During his NHL career, Vlasic has posted 254 points (53 goals, 201 assists) and a plus-129 rating. He ranks 2nd amongst all players in his 2005 draft class in games played and plus-minus, and has been a plus player in 10 of his 11 seasons, including each of the past nine campaigns.

The blueliner has represented Canada on numerous occasions, including helping Canada win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and also won gold for his country at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Vlasic won a silver medal with Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland, and was also a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, was originally drafted by San Jose in the second round (35th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.

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