New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
, defensemen Michal Rozsival and Fedor Tyutin, and forward Brandon Dubinsky
will represent their native country’s at the 2008 IIHF World Championships in Canada.
Lundqvist, 26, will be making his fourth appearance in the World Championships for Sweden. The 6-1, 195-pound goaltender posted a 37-24-10 record in 72 games this season, along with a 2.23 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and 10 shutouts. He led the league in shutouts, tied for fourth in wins and sixth in goals against average.
On April 21, Lundqvist was named a Vezina Trophy finalist, as the league’s top goaltender, for the third consecutive year. He also appeared in 10 post-season contests, posting a 5-5 mark with a 2.57 goals against average, a .909 save percentage and one shutout. Internationally, the native of Are, Sweden has represented his country in several tournaments, capturing a Gold medal with Team Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, as well as a Silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic.
Rozsival, 29, will be making his first appearance in the World Championships for the Czech Republic. The 6-2, 210-pound defenseman skated in 80 games this season, recording 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points, along with 80 penalty minutes. He tied for seventh among all NHL defensemen in goals, and led all team defensemen in goals, assists and points. He also led the team in average icetime per game (24:33) and blocked shots (128).
Additionally, Rozsival appeared in 10 post-season games, tallying one goal and five assists for six points. He is currently tied for eighth in the NHL among defensemen in points in the playoffs. Rozsival, a native of the Czech Republic, he Vlasim, Czech Republic native will be playing for his native country for the first time in a major international tournament.
Tyutin, 24, will be making his first appearance in the World Championships for Russia. The 6-3, 210-pound defenseman skated in 82 games this season, registering five goals and 15 assists for 20 points, along with 43 penalty minutes. He ranked 11th in the NHL and first on the team with 218 hits, while finishing third on the team with 110 blocked shots.
Tyutin also appeared in 10 post-season matches, collecting three assists and four penalty minutes.
The native of Izhevsk, Russia has previously represented Team Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, registering one assist and four penalty minutes in eight games. In addition, he helped lead Russia to back-to-back Gold medals in the IIHF World Junior Championships (2002 and 2003).
Dubinsky, 22, will be making his first appearance in the World Championships for the United States. The 6-1, 210-pound forward appeared in 82 games this season, recording 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points, along with 79 penalty minutes. He ranked first in the NHL among rookies in hits (196) and seventh in points. On April 4, he was awarded the Steven McDonald Award, voted by the fans as the player who performs "above and beyond the call of duty." He also skated in 10 post-season contests, registering four goals and four assists for eight points, along with 12 penalty minutes. He is currently tied for the league lead among rookies in playoff goals and points, and is tied for second in playoff assists. The native of Anchorage, Alaska is looking to make his international debut with the United States.