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Canada Adds Dumba For 2016 World Championship

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Defenseman Matt Dumba has been added to Canada's roster for the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Championship.

The tournament begins Friday, May 6 in Russia and runs until May 22. Canada opens play May 6 against the United States (8:15 a.m. CT).

Dumba served as an alternate captain for Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship. He also captained Canada at the 2012 Under-18 Championship, led the tournament with 12 points, and was named the tournament's Best Defenseman, and Canada won a bronze medal.

On Friday, through his "Dumba's Hits For Heroes" initiative, the defenseman donated $8,900 to Defending The Blue Line.

Dumba joins Minnesota Wild teammates Jordan Schroeder (United States), Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund (Finland), and Nino Niederreiter and Christoph Bertschy (Switzerland) representing their respective countries.

Other Wild players invited to the tournament included defensemen Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin, and Erik Haula. All declined invitations due to injuries.

General Manager Chuck Fletcher said Scandella might require offseason hernia surgery. He said Spurgeon (upper-body), Brodin (foot), and Haula (hip) would all recover with rest.

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