It was revealed last week that Michael Cammalleri will represent Canada at the IIHF World Championships, which begin April 27 in Russia. Cammalleri said that after Saturday’s season finale, he will return home to Toronto for a couple weeks and then head to Helsinki for a short training camp.
Dustin Brown said he was offered a spot on the U.S. team but had to turn it down because he will be undergoing minor mouth surgery shortly after the season ends. Brown was on the U.S. team that lost in the quarterfinals to Sweden last year.
Then there’s Anze Kopitar, who will represent Slovenia at the Division I World Championships. That’s a tournament one notch below the other event. The tournament has two six-team groups, and the winner of each group will move up to the IIHF World Championships in 2008. Slovenia is considered a favorite in Group B, in which it will compete against Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania and Romania, and has a home-ice advantage since the Group B games will be played in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
“Everybody expects us to win it,” Kopitar said. “It’s going to be fun to go home and play.”