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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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52


E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06