Michael Grabner recorded two assists with a plus-2 rating as Austria defeated the Ukraine 5-4 in their first game of the 2012 IIHF Division I World Championship in Slovenia on Sunday, April 15.
Austria broke a 1-1 tie with four-straight goals to start the second period, including three goals within a 97-second span. Grabner and Team Austria are back in action on Monday, when they face Great Britain
|Mark Streit of Switzerland at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games|
Niederreiter, 19, is expected to join the Swiss team on Monday, April 16, to skate in the final four exhibition games against Sweden and Canada. Streit, 34, is not expected to join the club until Tuesday, April 24, for the final two exhibition games before the tournament.
The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship begins May 4, with the Swiss playing their first game on May 5 against Kazakhstan.
A new championship format is being introduced for 2012 that will see 16 teams split into two preliminary round groups, using the IIHF World Ranking for seeding. Preliminary rounds will be played in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
The Swiss begin the tournament in the Helsinki group, which also includes Belarus, Canada, Finland, France, Kazakhstan, Slovakia and the U.S.
The top four teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the quarterfinals. The semi finals and finals will both be played in Helsinki.
“It’s always a big honor to play for your country and it’s a special feeling when you put on that sweater,” Okposo said.
Kyle Okposo in action against Sweden during the 2010 World Championships in Germany.
The St. Paul, MN, native will be participating in his third World Championships (2009, 2010) and has recorded eight points (3g/5a) in 15 international games. Okposo has also represented the US at two World Junior Hockey Championships (2007, 08) winning a bronze medal in 2007.
“It’s definitely nice to know how highly they think of you to keep asking,” Okposo said.
Okposo isn’t satisfied with just being named to the team. He’s looking to win gold and redeem his finish with the Americans in 2010.
“I’m going in with the mindset that this is the playoffs,” Okposo said. “The last time I went, we didn’t have a very good showing and I want a little bit of redemption from that.”
The group includes one goaltender, five defensemen and 11 forwards.
Highlighting the roster are six players with U.S. Olympic or U.S. Men's National Team credentials. Forwards Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Denver) and Bobby Ryan (Cherry Hill, N.J./Anaheim Ducks) and defenseman Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Columbus Blue Jackets/Univ. of Michigan) each collected silver medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C. Stastny also played on the 2007 U.S. Men's National Team. Ryan skated on the 2006 U.S. National Junior Team. Johnson has extensive Team USA experience, playing for four U.S. Men's National Teams (2007, '09-11), two U.S. National Junior Teams (2006, '07-bronze medal) and a pair of U.S. Men's National Under-18 Teams (2004-silver medal, '05-gold medal).
|Okposo practices with the US squad in 2007.|
Defenseman Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Anaheim Ducks) joins Johnson as a returnee from the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team that played in Slovakia. Fowler has helped Team USA win gold medals at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Men's Championship. Forward Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota) is a two-time veteran of the U.S. Men's National Team, skating in 2009 and 2010. Okposo also played on the 2007 and 2008 U.S. National Junior Teams, winning a bronze medal in 2007. Forward Jim Slater (Lapeer, Mich./Winnipeg Jets/Michigan State Univ.) was a member of the 2006 U.S. Men's National Team and the 2002 U.S. National Junior Team.
CALGARY, Alta. (hockeycanada.ca) – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday a first group of players for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
“We are extremely happy with the response we have received from players and are very pleased with the group that we have been able to assemble to date,” said Kevin Lowe, Canada’s general manager for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. “We are looking forward to getting together as a team in Zurich and going for gold in Helsinki.”
“Hockey Canada would like to thank all the players for accepting this opportunity to represent their country at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “We are glad to see the enthusiasm these players showed when asked to play at the world championship.
|PLAYER||Hometown / nhl team|
|G Devan Dubnyk||Edmonton, ALTA / Edmonton Oilers|
|G Cam Ward||Sherwood Park, Alta / Carolina Hurricanes|
|D Jay Bouwmeester||Edmonton, Alta / Calgary Flames|
|D Marc Methot||Ottawa, ON / Columbus Blue Jackets|
|D Dion Phaneuf||Edmonton, Alta / Toronto Maple Leafs|
|D P.K. Subban||Toronto, ON / Montreal Canadiens|
|F Jamie Benn||Victoria, B.C. / Dallas Stars|
|F Jordan Eberle||Regina, Sask / Edmonton Oilers|
|F Ryan Getzlaf||Regina, Sask / Anaheim Ducks|
|F Evander Kane||North Vancouver, B.C. / Winnipeg Jets|
|F Andrew Ladd||Maple Ridge, B.C. / Winnipeg Jets|
|F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Burnaby, B.C. / Edmonton Oilers|
|F Ryan O'Reilly||Clinton, ON / Colorado Avalanche|
|F Corey Perry||Peterborough, ON / Anaheim Ducks|
|F Ted Purcell||St. John's N.L. / Tampa Bay Lightning|
|F Jeff Skinner||Markham, ON / Carolina Hurricanes|
|F John Tavares||Oakville, ON / New York Islanders|