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Jets at the World Championships

At least two Winnipeg Jets will suit up for their countries at the 2013 IIHF World Championships this May.

Tuesday, 30.04.2013 / 12:43 PM / News Articles
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

The Winnipeg Jets will have four players suiting up for their respective countries at the 2013 IIHF Men’s World Championship that runs May 3-19th, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will mind the net for the Czech Republic, forward Andrew Ladd will suit up for Team Canada, Jacob Trouba will join Team USA and Arturs Kulda will play for Latvia.

Ladd, 27, played all 48 games for the Winnipeg Jets this season. In that time, the Maple Ridge, BC native led the Jets with 46 points (18G, 28A) and 22 penalty minutes. He lead the team in both points and assists, and tied the team lead in game winning goals with four.

Ladd was part of the Team Canada’s gold medal squad at the 2005 World Junior Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He played in the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia where he appeared in seven games for two points. He also played for Canada at the 2012 World Championship, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. He tallied a goal and four assists in eight games.

Ondrej Pavelec will make his third World Championship appearance with the Czech Republic this year. He played in one game at the 2010 World Championship in Germany. He then started for the Czech team at the 2011 World Championship where he appeared in eight games, picking up six wins for his team with a .939% save percentage. Earlier in his career, Pavelec donned his country’s colours at the 2006-07 World Junior Championships in Sweden and at the 2004-05 World Junior Ice Hockey U-18 Championships.

Pavelec played 44 games with the Winnipeg Jets during the shortened 2012-13 season. In those games, he went 21-20-3 with a .905% save-percentage.

“I had talked to the coach (Czech Republic) a few weeks ago and told him if we were out of the playoffs, then I would like to go (play at the WC in Sweden),” Pavelec told media the day after the final game of the Jets regular season. “I just don’t feel like it’s over to be honest. I don’t want to go home and do nothing, I want to keep playing and this is a chance to keep playing”.

In addition to those two Jets, Jacob Trouba was also invited to the U.S. Men’s National Team Training Camp.

“It’s definitely going to be cool,” said Trouba. “I’m not really expecting much going there but I’m just going to feel my way through it and get the chance to play against some pretty good NHL players, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Trouba, 19, played in 37 games with the University of Michigan Wolverines during the 2012-13 season. In that time, the Rochester, MI native recorded 29 points (12G, 17A) along with 88 penalty minutes. Trouba was named to the 2013 CCHA All-Rookie Team (which was determined by a vote of the conference’s head coaches), and was also named Best Offensive defenceman for the CCHA.

Trouba has won three medals for Team USA during his career, most recently a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. He also took home a gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey U-18 Championships and a silver medal in the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

Other strong candidates for this year’s World Championship could have been Tobias Enstrom, Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jim Slater. Unfortunately, after the season came to a close, those players stated that their current health condition would not allow them to attend, had they gotten the invitation. Each one of them has previous experience suiting up for their countries at past World Championship tournaments.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01