Hockey Canada announced Wednesday morning that both Forward Patrick Sharp, and Defenseman Duncan Keith, who both play for the Chicago Blackhawks, will be playing for Team Canada at the World Championships in Sweden and Finland in May. Their teammate, and team Captain Joanthan Toews, announced yesterday, along with Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby, that they will not take part in the worlds for they want to focus on becoming 100% for the start of next season.
Duncan Keith, 28, had yet, another disappointing season after setting a career high in points with 69 in the 2009-10 season, the same year the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. In 74 regular season games this year, Keith 4 Goals and 36 Assists to give him a total of 40 Points, which is really good for most Defenseman in the league. He did however, play great Defense all year against opposing team’s top lines, which earned him a plus/minus rating of +15.
Patrick Sharp on the other hand, had another great season as the 30-year old scored 33 Goals and added 36 Assists for a total of 69 Points int he 74 games that he played in the regular season. Like Keith, Sharp also played great Defensively all season as he was able to finish the season with a plus/minus rating of +28, a career best.
Team Canada opens play against Slovakia on May 4th.
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