CALGARY, Alberta – Former Bemidji State University forward Matt Read is among a group of 22 players named to Canada’s National Team roster for the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. Hockey Canada Executive Director Steve Yzerman and the team’s management group made the announcement official Sunday.
Read, who recently completed his second NHL season with the Philadelphia Flyers, posted 24 points (11g-13a) to rank sixth on the team in scoring. Playing in 42 of the Flyers’ 48 games, his 11 goals were good for fourth on the team. In addition, he potted a power-play marker and a pair of game-winning goals.
The Flyers finished fourth and just missed the playoffs recording a 23-22-3 overall record in the Atlantic Division of the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
Read signed an NHL contract with the Flyers in 2011 following his senior season at Bemidji State.
In 147 games played at BSU the Ilderton, Ontario native finished his collegiate career as BSU’s Division I-era scoring leader with 143 points (65g-78a), which placed him 18th on the Beavers’ all-time scoring list. In four seasons, he missed just one game, leading the Beavers to three College Hockey America (CHA) regular-season championships, a CHA Tournament title and two trips to the NCAA Tournament, which included the 2009 Frozen Four. Along the way, Read established BSU Division I-era records for goals (65) and assists (78) in addition to marks for points (143) and games played (147). A two-time captain, the 2010 CHA Player of the Year, a 2010 RBK Second Team All-America selection and a perennial All-CHA pick, Read was also member of the CHA All-Academic team and was selected as an Academic All-WCHA award recipient this season.
Read joins a elite group of former Beavers who have worn their nation’s colors for world championship competition, which includes: Charlie Brown (1968-71), Blane Costock (1972-73), Jim McElmury (1967-71) and Joel Otto (1980-84) among others. In the most recent World Championships, Rob Sirianni (2003-07) played for Team Italy.
Hockey Canada’s 22-man roster is made up of three goaltenders, seven defensemen and twelve forwards and includes eleven players with World Championship experience, one Olympian, and 16 of the 22 players have international experience. Six players – Read, T.J. Brodie, Brenden Dillon, Michael Garnett, Justin Schultz, Mike Smith – will be representing Canada in international play for a first time.
“We have received a great response from the players that we have approached, and we are very pleased with the roster that we have assembled to date,” said Yzerman. “We look forward to getting together as a team in Stockholm on May 1 and preparing for the World Championship.”
Hockey Canada can name up to 25 players to its World Championship roster up until the final day of the event.
Head Coach Lindy Ruff will lead Team Canada, along with assistant coaches Doug Shedden, Dave Tippett (Phoenix) and Barry Trotz (Nashville).
Canada begins its run in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship May 4 versus Denmark.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
Portions of this release courtesy of HockeyCanada.ca