Canucks Report: On the world's stage
Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Alexander Edler, Dan Hamhuis and Nicklas Jensen are all in Stockholm, Sweden, representing their countries at the 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championship.
After a long day of travel Saturday, Hamhuis found himself in the line-up for Canada against the Czech Republic on Sunday. Although he admitted he was a bit jet-lagged, Hamhuis was noticeably one of, if not the best, Canadian defenseman on the ice. The former WHL Player of the Year played an effective game in all situations and was counted on to shut the door in the final minute of play with the Czechs trying to even the score.
Jeff Skinner gave Canada a 2-1 lead midway through the third period, which proved to be the game-winner. Canada, which improved to 5-0-1, clinched a berth into the quarterfinals and will close out the round-robin portion of the event against Slovenia on Monday.
Hamhuis has now suited up for Canada at the World Championships a total of five times (06, 07, 08, 09, and 13). The Smithers, BC, native won the gold medal in 2007 and has twice won the silver medal (08, 09). In 37 career World Championship games, the 6-foot-1 defenseman has posted 14 points (5-9-14) and is a plus-20. Hamhuis also suited up for Canada at the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Championships, where he won a bronze (2001) medal and silver (2002) medal.
The Sedins and Edler will make their 2013 World Championship debuts Tuesday against Jensen and his Denmark squad. Sweden is currently third in the Stockholm group with a record of 4-2-0, which has it behind Switzerland (5-0-0) and Canada (5-0-1).
This marks the Sedins fifth appearance at the World Championships, where they have won the bronze medal twice (1999, 2001). Daniel has posted 17 points (8-9-17) in 28 career games at the Worlds, while brother Henrik has 12 points (5-7-12) in 33 career games.
On top of their five World Championship appearances, the Sedins also played for Sweden at the World Juniors three times and twice at the Olympic Games, winning the gold medal in 2006.
As for Edler, this will be his second appearance at the World Championships, he posted three points (1-2-3) and 12 penalty-minutes in eight games back in 2008. The 6-foot-4 defenseman also played for Sweden at the 2006 World Juniors.
On Saturday, Jensen scored Denmarks lone-goal in a 4-1 loss to Switzerland. The Canucks first-round pick in 2011 put Denmark on the board with an even-strength goal 13:54 into the middle stanza to make it 2-1 for the Swiss. Jensen finished with a team-high four shots on goal and was plus-one in 16:25 of ice-time.
Jensen may only have two more opportunities to play for his country at this year’s event (a game against Belarus on Monday and a game against Sweden on Tuesday) as Denmark will need to win their remaining games in regulation, and need help from other teams, in order to advance to the quarterfinals.
This marks the first time Jensen has suited up in the World Championships, he has previously suited up for Denmark at the Under-18 and Under-20s, while earlier this year suited up in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Jensen posted 16 points (13-3-16) in 16 career Under-18 games; he also registered 16 points (7-9-16) in 16 career Under-20 games.