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Senators are worlds apart in Switzerland

11 players to represent seven different countries at 2009 global tourney

Wednesday, 22.04.2009 / 11:00 AM / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
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Senators are worlds apart in Switzerland
Senators forward Dany Heatley is Team Canada's all-time leading scorer at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. He'll get the chance to add to his totals when the 2009 tournament begins Friday in Switzerland (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images).
They spent an entire National Hockey League season united behind the same cause.

But for two weeks, at least, friends will become friendly rivals at the 2009 IIHF World  Championship, which begins Friday in Bern and Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland.

Nine Ottawa Senators players will take part in the tournament, along with a pair of the organization’s prospects. They’re scattered among the rosters of seven of the 16 teams that will face off in the global competition, the last of its kind to be held before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Team Canada, the defending silver medallist in the event, brings a roster to Switzerland that includes four Senators – centres Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher, forward Dany Heatley and defenceman Chris Phillips. Heatley was named the competition’s most valuable player a year ago, when the tournament was held in Quebec City and Halifax, and is Canada’s all-time leading scorer at the hockey worlds.

“It’s always a great honour and a great opportunity to play for Canada,” said Heatley, who’ll wear the red maple leaf for the sixth time at this event. “I’ve always enjoyed that tournament and it should be a good time again.”

(Thursday update: Heatley and Phillips have both been named alternate captains for Team Canada along with Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators. Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes will wear the captain's 'C').

Canada’s support staff in Switzerland includes athletic therapist Gerry Townend, Dr. Don Chow and Dr. Marc Aubry of the Senators.

Ottawa forwards Nick Foligno and Ryan Shannon will suit up for the United States at the 2009 worlds, where forward Jarkko Ruutu (Finland) and defencemen Anton Volchenkov (Russia) and Christoph Schubert (Germany) are also slated to represent their respective countries along with Senators prospects Peter Regin (Denmark) and Roman Wick (Switzerland).

Volchenkov and Schubert will cross paths during the preliminary round in Group B, which also includes Switzerland and France, while Ruutu and Regin face off in Group D along with the Czech Republic and Norway.

Group A includes Canada, Slovakia, Belarus and Hungary, while the U.S. is part of Group C along with Sweden, Latvia and Austria.

The preliminary round begins Friday and runs through April 29, with the top three in each group moving on to the qualifying round, which begins April 30. From there, the top four in each of two groups advance to quarter-finals on May 6 and 7. The semifinals are set for May 8, with the medal games to be played two days later.

Foligno, for one, is hoping for a Canada-U.S. matchup at some point.

“It’ll be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to face off against Spezz, Heater and Philly,” said Foligno, who is making his world championship debut. “It’ll be neat to play in that kind of atmosphere for a country. It’ll be a lot different but a lot of fun.”

TSN and RDS will broadcast all of Team Canada’s games at the 2009 worlds, along with the quarter-finals, semifinals and medal games. Online game coverage is also available at

For a complete 2009 world hockey championship schedule, click here.




1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31


B. Ryan 44 13 22 5 35
E. Karlsson 47 11 22 -8 33
K. Turris 47 9 21 -9 30
M. Stone 45 11 15 8 26
M. Hoffman 44 16 9 17 25
C. MacArthur 46 13 12 -9 25
M. Zibanejad 45 12 12 -1 24
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 43 6 9 -7 15
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 8 2 .900 3.21