Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas was named an alternate captain for Team Canada at the 2013 World Championship, which gets underway Friday.
“It’s a great honor, just to represent my country is a great honor,” Robidas told reporters on Thursday.
Carolina’s Eric Staal was named captain and Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd was named the other alternate captain.
“They are veteran players. They are players that have been involved in Hockey Canada and these types of tournaments,” said Team Canada head coach Lindy Ruff. “Eric is coming off a gold medal win at the Olympics, so he knows what it takes to win. If you look at the other two guys, both players have been involved in one way or another in big games throughout their careers, whether it is for Team Canada or for their individual teams. All of them are players the younger guys should look up to and respect.”
Tournament begins Friday
The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship gets underway Friday, and five Dallas Stars will are playing in this year’s tournament.
Defensemen Brenden Dillon and Stephane Robidas are playing for Canada. Forward Loui Eriksson is playing for Sweden, defenseman Philip Larsen is suiting up for Denmark and forward Antoine Roussel is representing France.
I put together a story for the Stars’ official site on the Dallas players at the World Championship, and you can read that here.
There will be 16 teams split into two groups. One group will play in Helsinki, Finland and the other group will play in Stockholm Sweden. There will be a preliminary round with round-robin play within each group and the top four teams from each group move onto the playoff round, which begins May 16.
|Group H (Helsinki)||Group S (Stockholm)|
Television coverage in U.S.
NBC Sports Network will carry all USA games either live or delayed. The network will also provide live coverage of all four quarterfinal games on May 16. Plans for coverage of the semifinals and the medal games will be announced at a later date.
Friday’s schedule (Times are Central)
Slovakia vs. France, 8:15 a.m.
Belarus vs. Czech Republic, 9:15 a.m.
Germany vs. Finland, 12:15 p.m.
Switzerland vs. Sweden, 1:15 p.m.