Over the past several years, the Ducks have been too busy with the playoffs to bother about being in the World Hockey Championships. Held in May, only players from eliminated teams are able to participate.
This year is a different story.
Corey Perry has agreed to play for Canada and Ryan Carter has been named to the US team. Both players are somewhat of a surprise.
Perry played in the Olympics this year, and was part of the gold medal winning team there. Bobby Ryan, who also played the entire regular season, as well as in the Olympics, opted out of the tournament. It would appear that Perry is interested in adding to his trophy collection and edging up on Scott Niedermayer. Perry has already won a Memorial Cup, a World Junior Championship, a Stanley Cup and an Olympic Gold. A World Cup and World Championship are the only two left off of Perry’s resume.
Carter received limited playing time this past season, spending much of it as a healthy scratch. However, Carter is a very versatile player. He is strong at center, and had the best face-off percentage of all the Ducks players at 52.5%. In just 38 games he scored 4 goals and 9 points and he can play a variety of roles, whether on the scoring line, checking line, fourth line, or penalty kill.
The World Championships will be held in Germany from May 7 through May 23.
Good luck to both players!