Canadiens at 2017 IIHF World Championship

The 2017 IIHF World Championship is taking place from May 5th to 21st in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany. The hosts were announced in 2013 when the France/Germany bid beat out the Denmark/Latvia bid by a 63-45 vote.

This will be the fifth time that the tournament is being hosted in France, and the first time since 1968. When France hosted or co-hosted the tournament, the world champions were: Canada (1924), Canada (1930), Canada (1951) and Soviet Union (1968).

Between Germany and former West Germany, this will be the ninth time that the tournament is hosted in the area. In years that Germany hosted or co-hosted the tournament, the world champions were: Canada (1930), Great Britain (1936), Canada (1955), Soviet Union (1975), Soviet Union (1983), Russia (1993), Czech Republic (2001) and Czech Republic (2010).

For the 2017 IIHF World Championship, Cologne will be the home for the Group A games, two quarter-final games, both semi-final games, the bronze medal and gold medal games. Group A consists of Denmark, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States.

Meanwhile, Paris will be the hosts for the Group B games and two quarter-final games. Group B will host games including Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Tomas Plekanec

Photo: The Canadian Press/Francis Vachon

Habs centre Tomas Plekanec will be representing his home Czech Republic at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Turning 35 this year, this will be the tenth time he plays at the World Championship since 2006.

At this tournament, Plekanec has won a silver in 2006; two bronze back-to-back in 2011, 2012.

In 57 career games, Plekanec has 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points. In the same time frame, he has spent 50 minutes in the penalty box.

In recent years, Tomas has often been the go-to veteran to wear the ‘C’ for captain on his jersey. However, this year, he passed the opportunity to fellow countryman and Philadelphia Flyer Jakub Voracek.

Jakub Jerabek



Jakub Jerabek, the newest addition to the Canadiens organization, will suit up for the Czech Republic at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. The 25-year old defenceman has represented his country at this tournament one time before. In other contests, he has represented the Czech’s at the World Under-18’s and World Juniors.

At the 2016 IIHF World Championship, Jerabek participated in the tournament alongside his future NHL teammate Tomas Plekanec. In 8 games played, the blue liner recorded 5 assists and a couple of penalty minutes.

Jerabek will share ice time on the blue line with Radko Gudas (Philadelphia Flyers), Michal Kempny (Chicago Blackhawks), Jakub Krejcik (HC Kometa Brno), Radim Simek (HC Bili Tygri Liberec), Tomas Kundratek (HC Slovan Bratislava) and Jan Rutta (Pirati Chomutov).

Andreas Martinsen

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Another fairly new Canadien who was acquired at the trade deadline, Andreas Martinsen, will represent Norway at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. At only 26 years old, this will be the 13th time that Martinsen throws on a Norwegian jersey at international competition. Beginning his international career with the World Under-18’s D1 and World Juniors D1, he has since played in the World Championship seven times before.

Coming into this year, Martinsen has played 46 World Championship games. In that time, Andreas has recorded 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. He also has 53 penalty minutes, 25 of which coming in 2013.

During his time with Norway, the countries best finish was placing 6th at the 2011 World Championship. In other World Championships with Martinsen on the team, they have finished 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.

With three Habs representing their countries at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, we would like to wish them the best of luck in the tournament! As the Czech Republic and Norway are in the same group, the two sides will face off on Thursday May, 11th at 10:15am ET at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

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