We previously reported the four Philadelphia Flyers that Canada has selected to represent them in the World Championship tournament that kicks off later this week. Other nations have finally announced their squads, and the majority of the main core of Flyers will be playing in some international hockey by week’s end.
Team MVP Jakub Voracek will be suiting up for the Czech Republic, playing a first round game against teammate Erik Gustafsson and Team Sweden on Saturday. Two other teammates will square off when Ilya Bryzgalov’s Team Russia takes on Marcel Noebels and his German brethren on Sunday. Bryz has played in three Olympics for his homeland, bringing home the Bronze in 2002 before bringing home the Gold in World Championships in 2009.
Rounding out the Flyers’ participation is goalie Cal Heeter playing for the United States and Oliver Lauridsen on the Denmark squad. The real elimination games don’t start until May 16th with a bunch of seeding contests taking place before. The gold medal game will be on Sunday, May 19th in Sweden, and if you do the math, at least one Flyer is guaranteed the Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Hopefully this tournament experience will create some lasting effects for next season’s campaign for the Stanley Cup.
While some coaches and GMs are not fond of sending players overseas due to health, injury, and insurance problems, the Flyers need as much team building as possible. If they can finish and be home before the Stanley Cup Finals are over, they will still have enough time to rest before the 2013-2014 campaign starts. Flyers fans can look forward to some of their favorite players winning something over the next few weeks, just not the Cup.