Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Recruits Experienced Defenceman Dan Hamhuis for World Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Recruits Experienced Defenceman Dan Hamhuis for World Championship

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Hamhuis to join Canada at world championship

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STOCKHOLM - Canada's blue-line will get an injection of international experience when Vancouver Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis arrives at the IIHF World Championship.

The Canadian team announced during Friday's 4-1 win over Belarus that Hamhuis will join the team Saturday in Stockholm.

Hamhuis and the Vancouver Canucks were swept in the first round of NHL playoffs by the San Jose Sharks.

Hamhuis played in four straight world championships for Canada from 2006 to 2009. He was a member of the last Canadian team to win world championship gold in 2007.

He also won silver medals in 2008 and 2009 and the second time under current head coach Lindy Ruff.

"I'm happy to help," Hamhuis said before departing Vancouver. "It's been a great experience over the last four years that I've been playing (at worlds).

"There's been a real camaraderie with teammates and the players you get to meet over there. I've made a lot of friends there that I still keep in touch with, and teammates that are in touch."

The 30-year-old from Smithers, B.C., has five goals and nine assists in 36 career world championship games. He also wore the Maple Leaf at world junior championships in 2001 and 2002 and won bronze and silver respectively.

He was Vancouver's top producer from the blue-line this season with 24 points in 47 games.

"It's giving us a really good veteran player that has played against every top opponent in the league," Ruff said following Friday's game.

"We just think he's a great two-way player that maybe in some tougher situations and tougher games can supply us with some real good play."

The addition of Hamhuis increases Canada's roster to 23 players, including eight defencemen. Countries are allowed to a maximum of 25.

Canada (4-0-1) concludes the preliminary round against the Czech Republic and Slovenia on Sunday and Monday respectively. …

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