Now that the season has officially ended (whether we want to cope with it or not), some of the Predators aren’t finished hitting the rinks just yet. Six – thus far – of Nashville’s players will be taking off to the Czech Republic to represent their home countries in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Here’s who we have thus far:
TEAM SUOMI (FINLAND): PEKKA RINNE
- Pekka was named to the World Championship All-Star team in 2014 and also won MVP that year as well.
TEAM SUISSE (SWITZERLAND): ROMAN JOSI & KEVIN FIALA
- Kevin Fiala may be young, but he is no stranger to Team Switzerland. Fiala has competed for Suisse in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
- Roman Josi has a number of accolades from participation with Team Switzerland, including IIHF World Champion MVP, Silver Medalist, Media All-Star Team, and Best Defenseman in 2013.
TEAM USA: Seth Jones
- Seth Jones, like Kevin Fiala, is no stranger to the IIHF Worlds for Team USA. Jones helped lead Team USA to gold medals in 2011 (WJC18), 2012 (WJC18), and 2013 (WJC). He played alongside teammate Craig Smith last year and helped bring Team USA to 6th place.
tre kronor (sweden): filip forsberg & mattias ekholm
- Filip Forsberg has never seen less than second place while suited up for Tre Kronor, winning the silver medal in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Forsberg helped lead his World Juniors team to overall victory in 2012. In 2014, Forsberg was named World Junior Best Forward and MVP. Surprisingly, this will be Forsberg’s first bout away from World Juniors.
- Mattias Ekholm has had as lucrative of a career with Tre Kronor has Forsberg has, but he did help Sweden collect the bronze medal last year.
Since the tournament officially begins Friday, I do not if any other Predators will be added to their country’s rosters, but who knows.
As I mentioned, the tournament kicks off Friday with Team Latvia vs. Team Canada (4:15PM) and Team Czech vs. Team Sweden (8:15PM) in the O2 Arena and Team USA vs. Team Finland (4:15PM) and Team Russia vs. Team Norway (8:15PM) in the CEZ Arena. Let me elaborate on those puck drop times, too. Those times would be relevant to those within the Czech timezone; the Czech Republic is seven hours ahead of the Central Timezone. Needless to say, the first games would start at 9:15AM our time, and the second games would start at 1:15PM. Here’s a TV listing of where you can view the games:
|Date||Game||Network||Game time (CT)|
|Fri., May 1||Team USA vs. Finland||NBCSN (live)||9 a.m.|
|Sat., May 2||Team USA vs. Norway||NBCSN (delay at 10 p.m.)||1 p.m.|
|Mon., May 4||Team USA vs. Russia||NBCSN (live)||9 a.m.|
|Thur., May 7||Team USA vs. Belarus||NBCSN (live)||9 a.m.|
|Fri., May 8||Team USA vs. Denmark||NBCSN (live)||1 p.m.|
|Sun., May 10||Team USA vs. Slovenia||NBCSN (delay at 2 p.m.)||10 a.m.|
|Tue., May 12||Team USA vs. Slovakia||NBCSN (live)||10 a.m.|
|Thu., May 14||IIHF Quarterfinals||NBCSN (live)||8 a.m.|
|IIHF Quarterfinals||Live Extra app, TV TBD||9 a.m.|
|IIHF Quarterfinals||Live Extra app, TV TBD||10:30 a.m.|
|IIHF Quarterfinals||Live Extra app, TV TBD||12 p.m.|
|IIHF Quarterfinals||Live Extra app, TV TBD||1 p.m.|
|IIHF Quarterfinals||Live Extra app, TV TBD||10:30 p.m.|
|Sat., May 16||IIHF Semifinals||Live Extra app, TV TBD||8:30 a.m.|
|IIHF Semifinals||Live Extra app, TV TBD||12 p.m.|
|Sun., May 17||IIHF Bronze Medal Game||Live Extra app, TV TBD||11 a.m.|
|IIHF Gold Medal Game||NBCSN (live)||1:30 p.m.|
I’ll update this list if anything changes or if any new players are added to their country’s rosters.