Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Several Stars expected to play at World Championship
By Mark Stepneski
FRISCO -- The Dallas Stars underwent physicals, held exit interviews and cleaned out their lockers today, but several players will continue to play hockey this spring, suiting up for their countries at the World Championship.
Among that group will be Jamie Benn, who is expected to suit up for Team Canada.
“I think I am going to go,” Benn said. “It will be a good experience for a young guy like me, and I be surrounded by some pretty good players. I guess that is the next step for me, and I am looking forward to it.”
Defenseman Alex Goligoski and goaltender Richard Bachman were among the first 17 players named to the USA roster today.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Bachman.” I am looking forward to going to Europe and checking out all that stuff. It’s brand new to me.”
Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell is expected to be the No. 3 goaltender for the United States.
It appears Kari Lehtonen will be playing for Finland, one of the host countries of this year’s tournament. He believes it will be a good experience for him.
“I want to get used to playing in May and extend the season. That’s what you need to do when you are ultimately in the playoffs and going deep there,” Lehtonen said. “I think that will be great for me to make the summer a little shorter and keep playing.”
Loui Eriksson will play for Sweden, the other host country.
Defenseman Philip Larsen will play for Denmark.
Tomas Vincour has been approached by the Czech Republic. Trevor Daley was asked to play for Team Canada, but declined because his wife is expecting a child.
The World Championship, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, gets underway May 4.