Wednesday was “exit day” for the Dallas Stars, with players undergoing physicals and holding exit interviews at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.
While it officially closes the book on the 2011-12 season, several Stars still have some hockey yet to play this spring at the World Championships, played this year in Finland and Sweden.
Team USA named their team roster today, and defenseman Alex Goligoski
and goaltender Richard Bachman
were among the first 17 players on it.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Bachman.” I am looking forward to going to Europe and checking out all that stuff. It’s all brand new to me.”Jack Campbell
, who recently turned pro and was Dallas’ first round draft pick in 2010, is expected to be the No. 3 goaltender for the United States.
Forward Jamie Benn
has been asked to play for Canada.
“I think I am going to go,” Benn said. “It will be a good experience for a young guy like me, and I’ll be around some pretty good players. I guess that is the next step for me. I’m looking forward to it.”Trevor Daley
was also asked to play for Team Canada, but declined because his wife is expecting their second child.Kari Lehtonen
is expected to tend goal for Finland, one of the host countries of this year’s tournament. He’s also looking forward to the experience.
“I want to get used to playing in May and extend the season. That’s what you need to do when you are ultimately in the playoffs and going deep there,” Lehtonen said. “I think that will be great for me to make the summer a little shorter and keep playing.”
Forward Loui Eriksson
will play for Sweden while defenseman Philip Larsen
will play for Denmark. Tomas Vincour
has been asked to play for the Czech Republic.
The World Championships, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, start on May 4.