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Team Canada will be without the best player in the world next month after Sidney Crosby declined their offer to play in the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Finland and Sweden.


Pat Brisson, Crosby’s agent, said that Crosby will take the next 4 months to focus on training and preparing for the start of next season.


“Sidney feels there is an opportunity ahead to spend the next four months getting ready for next season,” Brisson stated. “He really didn’t have a full summer to train last year as he was injured and not 100%.”


Crosby’s injury plagued season limited him to just 22 regular season games this year, but in those 22 games, Crosby scored 8 Goals and put up 29 Assists, which gave him a career best 1.68 Points-Per-Game average.


The invitation to play for Canada at the Worlds comes just days after the Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated by the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1st round of the 2012 Playoffs. In the 6 games before being eliminated, Crosby put up 3 Goals and 5 Assists, before being held pointless in the final 2 games of the disappointing series.


Team Canada opens play May 4th, when they take on Slovakia in Helsinki, Finland. The bench boss is former Calgary Flames Head Coach Brent Sutter.


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