Although the Carolina Hurricanes‘ season ended much earlier than they would have wished, many of the team’s players are still going to get to play. Seven members of the team have joined the IIHF 2013 World Championship to play for their countries in a quest for gold.
Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner and Jay Harrison will all play for Team Canada this year. Eric was given the honor of being named Team Canada’s captain. Eric and Jordan won the World Championship for Team Canada together in 2007. Harrison will play his first World Championship and will look to provide stability to the team’s back end.
Skinner was a dominant forward for Canada last year and will look to do so again this year. In Canada’s aggressive 7-1 win over Norway today, Skinner scored his first goal of the tournament off a slick wrap around. The more experience Skinner gets the faster he can reach his full potential for the Hurricanes.
Jiri Tlusty will play for the Czech Republic for the first time in his career. Tlusty gained respect from many after his star performance in the NHL regular season. Although the Hurricanes struggled, he was still ranked 7th in the league in goals with 23. In three World Championship games, he has put up two assists.
Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain will both play defense for Team USA this year. Faulk was fantastic last year on the team when he led USA’s defense in goals (4), points (8) and plus minus (plus-9). He let everyone know he has some outstanding offensive skills for a defenseman. Faulk has already earned three assists in three games for USA and looks to be one of their greatest assets again.