Blackhawks Competing In World Championships

Six members of the Chicago Blackhawks will represent three different countries in the IIHF World Championships. The tournament officially begins on May 4.

Marcus Kruger and Viktor Stalberg will join Niklas Hjalmarsson for Sweden. Michael Frolik will represent the Czech Republic. And Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith will play for Canada.

This year, all 64 games of the World Championships tournament will be available via live steam on Youtube. For more information about the exclusive Youtube channel, click here.

Also, NBC Sports Network will televise all of the USA’s games in the tournament, as well as the tournament’s quarterfinals, semi-finals and medal round games.

Here is the schedule for games including Blackhawks players:

  • May 4
    Canada vs. Slovakia
    Czech Republic vs. Denmark
    Sweden vs. Norway
  • May 5
    Canada vs. USA
    Sweden vs. Czech Republic
  • May 7
    France vs. Canada
    Czech Republic vs. Norway
    Denmark vs. Sweden
  • May 9
    Canada vs. Switzerland
    Sweden vs. Germany
  • May 10
    Czech Republic vs. Latvia
  • May 11
    Italy vs. Czech Republic
    Finland vs. Canada
    Russia vs. Sweden
  • May 12
    Kazakhstan vs. Canada
    Italy vs. Sweden
  • May 13
    Russia vs. Czech Republic
  • May 15
    Canada vs. Belarus
    Czech Republic vs. Germany
    Sweden vs. Latvia

Click here for the complete tournament schedule, including times.

The tournament playoffs begin with quarterfinal match-ups on Thursday, May 17. The semi-finals will take place on Saturday, May 19. And the medal games will both take place on Sunday, May 20.

Sharp was named an alternate captain for Canada, and will honor injured teammate Marian Hossa by wearing his birth year (and Hossa’s Blackhawks number) 81 in the tournament.

If Canada wins gold, Keith will join Jonathan Toews in the exclusive Triple Gold Club (Olympic and World Championship golds and Stanley Cup).

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5 Responses to Blackhawks Competing In World Championships

  1. jeff says:

    Thought Sharp had a wrist injury? Guessing that wasn’t true then.

  2. Tom L says:

    The youtube channel keeps saying “Sorry the uploader has not made this video available in your country” (USA)….FYI. I sent an email to an address I found in the IIHF site ( info.helsinki@2012.iihfworlds.com )…we’ll see if they fix it.

  3. Tom L says:

    Update…the page says right at the bottom they intended to block us from viewing. Tournament continues to be irrelevant…

    *Geo-blocked countries include: Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA.

  4. Tre says:

    Sharp is a classy guy and an extremely solid hockey player. So happy he’s on the Hawks.

    Get well Hoss!

  5. the Greek says:

    I am ALL for wanting to represent your country in any sport,any competion,but…Keith?!? C’mon man, the guy was out of gas, overworked, and not even close to the player he used to be at the end of the year. He needs A FULL offseason to recover,get himself in shape,get his mind right (he has admitted to having checked out a bit the past 2 seasons) and be there ready to kick ass for the Hawks when the season starts. As for Sharp, what else can you say but…CLASS. Should retire a Hawk along with Tazer.

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