The U.S. World Championship Team added winger Jack Crash Skille and defenceman Clay Wilson to it’s roster for the upcoming tournament that begins April 29th and runs till May 15th in Slovakia.
Both Skille and Wilson will add some edge to the U. S. roster that will be coached by Ken Hitchcock, with assistants Scott Arniel and recently fired Panther bench boss Peter DeBoer. David Booth and Scott Clemmensen were asked to participate, however both declined. Booth who played in all 82 games this season for the Panthers after recovering from his concussions of last season needs a rest I’m sure. Clemmensen, it was reported declined to play due to family committments, as he and his wife are expecting their second child. Clemmensen had played for team U.S. the past two summers.
Dmitry Kulikov will return and play for Russia, while Tomas Vokoun will not play for the Czech Republic.
The experience for both Wilson and Skille will be great for their careers as they will play against some of the best players in the world. Wilson who is a pending free agent will give himelf an opportunity to showcase his defensive abilitites and make a strong case to be signed by Florida. Skille who is an RFA, made $600,000 this past season, but is expected to be resigned by the Panthers, will get to do the same….. but also has a chance to show he can do more than just bang bodies.
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