Every year, the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) holds its annual World Championship. Golden Knights fans didn’t pay much attention to the 2018 tournament because their team was still chasing a Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, Vegas’ season was cut short this year, but some good news came out of their early exit. A handful of standout Golden Knights players are representing their native countries competing for the IIHF World Championship, which began today.
Jonathan Marchessault: Team Canada
The Golden Knights spitfire was added to a loaded Team Canada. Playing on a line with Mark Stone, it’s worth keeping an eye on the two teammates as they develop some offseason chemistry. This is Marchessault’s first time on Team Canada and he looks to make an instant impact.
Mark Stone: Team Canada
Golden Knights fans really only got to watch Stone play for a little less than two months. Watching the IIHF World Championships is a good way to get to know the $76 million dollar man a little more. Stone aided Team Canada to their last IIHF gold medal in 2016.
Shea Theodore: Team Canada
The third member of the Golden Knights to make the Canadian roster is defenseman Shea Theodore. Theodore had a strong season in his first full NHL campaign and Canadian hockey officially took note. The British Columbia native made his Team Canada debut like his Golden Knights teammate.
Nikita Gusev: Team Russia
Fans are excited about the Golden Knights shiny new toy but they haven’t been able to see him play. Gusev will be on full display for Team Russia as he was in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Earlier today, Marchessault had Team Canada’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Finland. Stone and Theodore were credited with the assists. Canada will take on Great Britain on Sunday at 11:15 am PT. Gusev added a goal in Team Russia’s 5-2 victory over Team Norway. The Russians will get back on the ice Sunday as well starting at 3:15 am PT.
The IIHF World Championship tournament wraps up on May 26th. Hopefully, Team Canada and Team Russia will have success so we can watch our favorite hometown heroes play even deeper into the summer.
For the past two seasons, Attorney Adam Kutner gave away tickets to the Vegas Golden Knights home games, along with Zamboni rides during the intermissions. As an avid hockey fan, Adam Kutner looks to keep the VGK spirit alive by providing weekly news updates about the team’s offseason. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news on our beloved Golden Knights.
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