The Florida Panthers will be well represented at the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championship’s as five players will play for their countries in Belarus when the tournament gets under way.
Playing for Team-USA will be Drew Shore, Vincent Trocheck, and Jimmy Hayes. All three have had experience playing in international competitions, but not on this scale. Both Shore and Trocheck represented the Red, White, and Blue during the World Junior Hockey Championships
Hayes played in Under-18 and Under-17 tournaments as well as spending time with the National Development Program.
Of the players included Huberdeau and Shore are probably the biggest shockers. Shore spent most of the season in the AHL and Huberdeau battled inconsistencies and injuries on his way to a less than memorable sophomore season.
The World Championships suffer at times due to the fact that the NHL playoffs are going one, meaning that the best the world has to offer won’t always be on display, so sometimes it gives players like Shore, Huberdeau, and even Gudbranson a chance to shine on the big stage and get some invaluable experience.
The World Championships will take place May 9-25, as always stay tuned to The Rat Trick for your updates on the Panthers participating.
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