The majority of the Philadelphia Flyers will be catching up on television and film, practicing their golf swing, and rehabilitating injuries during the summer. Their disappointing season ended with a string of victories and a strong showing from some of the up-and-comers, especially trade deadline acquisition Steve Mason.
But a couple of Flyers are not waiting for next season to continue playing hockey, as the Canadian world championship team has announced their roster for 2013, and the Orange and Black are well represented.
Claude Giroux, Luke Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, and Matt Read will represent the Flyers in the annual tournament. The games start on May 5th in Sweden and Finland, giving the athletes less than a week to get ready to play overseas with different rules, different teammates, and in a different rink.
Only the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers are sending as many players to the games, and even a KHL player, Michael Garnett, is joining the event. Those four will more than likely contend against their teammates, but the only countries have yet to unveil their teams. The NHL players still in the current playoffs will have to wait to be eliminated or skip the dance, but choosing to play for a gold medal or a Stanley Cup is a great problem to have.
Canada is going to have a lot to live up to, as they were shockingly eliminated by the Slovakian team last year in the quarterfinals after only losing one game prior. The team is not as young this year as in the past, but after winning the under 18 version of this tournament earlier today, Canada wants to win back-to-back Gold medals. After a sad year for Flyers fans, seeing four players come home wearing a medal might make things slightly less painful.