World Championships Preview

The World Championships begin today. Denmark is playing the Czech Republic as I type.

Canada is the defending champs and on home soil. Sweden won in 2006.

The Edmonton Oilers have a number of players involved.
CANADA: Sam Gagner, Steve Staios, Mathieu Garon, Craig MacTavish (ass.coach)
USA: Matt Greene, Tom Gilbert
SWEDEN: Robert Nilsson
CZECH REP: Ladislav Smid
RUSSIA: Denis Grebeshkov

I suspect it will be the normal suspects (Can, US, Swe, Russia, Fin, Czech) will easily go through to the qualification round. Groups A & D will meet in this stage thus preventing a possible Sweden vs. Canada match up until the knock-out round.

The heated match-ups really begin next week.

Meanwhile, Swedes, including the Brunnström love-in, are in profile on the NHL site.