After the end of their team’s season, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane will fly to join Team Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship in Latvia.
While Hockey Canada has yet to reveal their official roster, the Flames duo will join first-pick in the draft Owen Power, Winnipeg Jets prospect Cole Perfetti, New York Rangers defenseman Braden Schneider and the Arizona Coyotes goaltenders. Darcy Kuemper and Adin Hill in addition to the Vancouver Canucks goaltender Michael DiPietro after TSN Hockey insider Darren Dreger announced Tuesday that they would be among the players heading to Latvia.
Power, a defenseman playing for the University of Michigan, was the unanimous No.1 in TSN’s mid-season draft standings released last month. Perfetti was selected 10th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 2020 NHL Draft. He has nine goals and 17 assists in 32 games with the AHL Manitoba Moose this season.
“It should be fun. I think it’s an honor to wear the Team Canada jersey. I have never done anything like this before, this is my first time even going abroad. The opportunity was there and I just felt like a young man, just having to take the opportunity and have fun with it [Dube]Mangiapane said.
While Dube is just as honored as Mangiapane, he said their focus remained on games against the Canucks before looking too far ahead for the Canadian team.
“I didn’t really expect [a phone call from Hockey Canada] to be honest and that day i was a little disappointed to come out of the playoffs and that’s kind of all i thought, ”said Dube. “But it’s an honor every time you get a call from Hockey Canada and I’m honored to even have this opportunity. But for me right now, I think I’m really focused on these four games and finishing really strong with this group, and then I look into wearing that jersey and getting ready for this tournament.
Flames teammate Nikita Nesterov will team up for Russia in the tournament and, as TSN’s Salim Valji reports, more announcements could come before the end of the NHL season.
As for Mangiapane arriving with him, Dube said it would be nice to have a familiar face in Canada’s dressing room.
“It makes it a lot easier to get to know someone. With the World Juniors and everything you know sort of, everyone, they’re about your age, you play with them basically all your life going through them, ”he says. “To do this, I don’t really know a lot of guys, so to have [Mangiapane] will be really nice. We’re very close too, so going through that with him will be good, but I know the mindset right now is these four games and we kind of can talk about it more and enjoy it. together. “
The world championships run from May 21 to June 6 and Canada will face host Latvia to open its program.