Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Five Flyers commit to World Championships

OTTAWA -- As the Flyers begin to pack their bags Sunday to scatter around the world for what will be a long summer, a few will need to keep their skates sharp.

Five Flyers commit to World Championships

0 comments
Claude Giroux will likely receive an invitation from Team Canada. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Claude Giroux will likely receive an invitation from Team Canada. (Matt Slocum/AP)

OTTAWA -- As the Flyers begin to pack their bags Sunday to scatter around the world for what will be a long summer, a few will need to keep their skates sharp.

Five Flyers players have committed to represent their countries in the upcoming World Championships in Finland and Sweden. The tournament runs May 3-19 - with the puck dropping in just a matter of four days.

Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Luke Schenn have all said “yes” to an invitation from Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman. Only Schenn (2009 silver medal in Switzerland) has participated in the tournament before; Giroux and Read both won a world junior gold medal as teammates in 2008. Read has never worn a Team Canada sweater.

Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen, a real bright spot over the final weeks of the season, confirmed Saturday he will play for Denmark.

More coverage
 
Follow the Flyers: Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
 
Buy Flyers jerseys and other gear
 
Forum: Did Flyers make right moves in offseason?
 
Latest hockey odds

Phantoms goaltender Cal Heeter was surprisingly among the first 15 names added to Team USA’s roster. Heeter, a St. Louis native, will team up with Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop, before the United States looks to add a third goalie for the tournament.

Jake Voracek (Czech Republic), Erik Gustafsson (Sweden), and Ilya Bryzgalov (Russia) also figure to be in the mix for their respective national teams.

Some tournament games will be available on television. Complete listings aren’t yet available.

This is the final international hockey tune-up prior to next February's Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

For the latest updates, follow Frank Seravalli on Twitter: @DNFlyers

Daily News Staff Writer
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Frequent Flyers is your home for news and analysis of all things orange and black.

Frank Seravalli Daily News Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter