The annual IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is right around the corner and the Panthers have three players participating to represent their countries. When the tournament begins on Friday, May 6th, Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen will suit up for Team Finland while Mike Matheson will don the red and white for Team Canada.
For Barkov, this year will be his second time representing Finland at the World Championship as he tallied 4 goals and 3 assists in 8 games at last year’s tournament. Jussi Jokinen will be participating in the tournament for the 7th time in his career and has recorded 13 goals and 23 assists in 50 total World Championship games.
Mike Matheson was added to Team Canada’s roster on Monday and will participate in the tournament for the first time in his career. Matheson has represented Canada on two other occasions, one being at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2011 and at the U17 World Hockey Championship in 2010.
Matheson recorded an assist on a goal by Connor McDavid in a pre-tournament friendly match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday:
Jokinen recorded an assist for Finland on Tuesday in a friendly match as well:
Dmitry Kulikov was expected to play for Team Russia, however he sustained a shoulder injury during game 6 of the Panthers’ first-round playoff series against the Islanders and opted out of the tournament.