World Championship Gets Underway
Seven Carolina Hurricanes players will represent their respective countries in the 2013 IIHF World Championship, which begins today and runs through Sunday, May 19.
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Defensemen Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain will represent the United States. This is Faulk’s second consecutive appearance in the annual tournament and McBain’s first. At the 2012 IIHF World Championship, Faulk paced American defensemen in goals (4), points (8) and plus/minus (plus-9).
Forwards Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner and defenseman Jay Harrison will dress for Team Canada. Eric, a third-time participant, was named captain of the squad. Jordan, a sophomore in the Worlds, skated on a line with Skinner, a three-time representative, as recently as Thursday. Eric and Jordan captured gold with Team Canada in 2007.
Forward Jiri Tlusty will don the Czech Republic jersey for the first time in the World Championship. Tlusty is coming off a banner season, scoring a career-high 23 goals and notching a career-high 38 points. The 25-year-old forward ranked tied for fifth in the league in goals.
A part of the eight-team Helsinki group, Team USA will not face Canada or the Czech Republic (Stockholm group) in the preliminary round. The quarterfinal round begins Thursday, May 16, and the tournament concludes with the Bronze Medal Game and Gold Medal Game on Sunday, May 19.
NBC Sports Network will carry all Team USA games. Televised broadcasts will either be live or tape delayed, while live streams of each game will be provided through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.” Click here for more information.
The Staal brothers, Skinner and Harrison will face Tlusty in preliminary round action on Sunday, May 12.
We’ll keep this blog current as the preliminary round progresses. Check back for regular score updates and more.
|MAY 3||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. BELARUS||2-0|
|MAY 4||USA vs. AUSTRIA||5-3||NBC SPORTS NETWORK|
|MAY 4||CANADA vs. DENMARK||3-1|
|MAY 4||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. SWEDEN||1-2|
|MAY 5||SWITZERLAND vs. CANADA||3-2 (SO)|
|MAY 5||LATVIA vs. USA||1-4||NBC SPORTS NETWORK*|
|MAY 6||SWITZERLAND vs. CZECH REPUBLIC||5-2|
|MAY 7||RUSSIA vs. USA||5-3||NBC SPORTS NETWORK|
|MAY 7||CANADA vs. NORWAY||7-1|
|MAY 8||USA vs. FINLAND||4-1||NBC SPORTS NETWORK|
|MAY 9||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. DENMARK||2-1 (SO)|
|MAY 9||SWEDEN vs. CANADA||0-3|
|MAY 10||SLOVENIA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC||2-4|
|MAY 10||BELARUS vs. CANADA||1-4|
|MAY 11||USA vs. FRANCE||4-2||NBC SPORTS NETWORK|
|MAY 12||USA vs. GERMANY||3-0||NBC SPORTS NETWORK**|
|MAY 12||CANADA vs. CZECH REPUBLIC||2-1|
|MAY 13||CANADA vs. SLOVENIA||4-3 (OT)|
|MAY 14||SLOVAKIA vs. USA||4-1||NBC SPORTS NETWORK|
|MAY 14||CZECH REPUBLIC vs. NORWAY||7-0|
* Game will be aired on tape delay at 1:15 a.m. on May 6.
** Game will be aired on tape delay at 10:30 a.m. on May 12.
All times listed in Eastern standard time.