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Wings Heading To The Czech Republic

05/02/2019 at 5:05pm EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

For coach Jeff Blashill and forwards Dylan Larkin and Luke Glendening, they will represent Team USA. Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi are playing for Canada; Filip Hronek for the Czech Republic.

The tournament, which this year takes place in Slovakia, begins May 10, with the finals on May 26.

“There isn’t a guy on this team who’d wouldn’t rather be in the NHL playoffs,” Blashill said. “That’s a given. (But) I’m a big a believer if you get the chance to continue to work later into May, you don’t get used to being done early, and you’re preparing yourself for the days when you’re going to have opportunities in long playoff runs. It’s the message I’ve given our players – prepare yourself that way.”

The world championships, usually held in Europe, are tough to beat for national pride and excitement.

It’s not uncommon for fans of the participating teams to roam the streets while carrying flags, chanting during games, and generally creating a festive atmosphere.

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