Okposo named to Team USA

Monday, 04.16.2012 / 11:46 AM ET
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2012 IIHF World Championship
New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo will represent the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships. The tournament will take place from May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

“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.”

It’s always a big honor to play for your country and it’s a special feeling when you put on that sweater. - Kyle Okposo

This season, Okposo scored a career-high 24 goals and 21 assists for 45 points. The Islanders seventh overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft finished the 2011-12 campaign strong, scoring nine goals in his last nine games. Okposo looks to continue his hot play on the international stage.

“I just want to keep playing well and keeping going here,” he said. “It was a good finish and I just want to keep that same mindset I had at the end of the year.”

Sixteen teams will compete at 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. There will be two groups of eight with one group playing in Helsinki, Finland and the other playing in Stockholm, Sweden. All medal-round games are in Helsinki. NBC Sports is scheduled to televise all Team USA games in the 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship. A final broadcast schedule will be available in the near future.

Team USA 2012 IIHF Men's World Championship Schedule
May 4 - 20 • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden

Date                         Opponent                     Location    Time (Local/EDT)
Fri., May 4                France                          Helsinki    12:15 p.m./5:15 a.m.
Sat., May 5               Canada                         Helsinki    7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.
Mon., May 7             Slovakia                         Helsinki    8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 10          Belarus                         Helsinki    4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Fri., May 11              Kazakhstan                   Helsinki    4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Sun., May 13            Finland                          Helsinki    4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Tues., May 15          Switzerland                    Helsinki    8:15 p.m./1:15 p.m.
Thurs., May 17         Quarterfinals                   Helsinki    TBD
Sat., May 19            Semifinals                      Helsinki    TBD
Sun., May 20           Bronze-Medal Game        Helsinki    4:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.
                               Gold-Medal Game           Helsinki    8:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.

Arenas: Hartwall Arena (Helsinki); Ericsson Globe (Stockholm)




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