According to Mike Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet on Thursday, Calgary-raised Mathew Dumba of the Minnesota Wild will play for Canada at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Russia. Dumba had a career season in 2015-16 as he set career highs in goals (10), assists (16) and points (26).
Dumba was one of three players named to Team Canada on Thursday. He was joined by Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers. Perry is from Peterborough, Ontario and Brassard is from Hull, Quebec.
Dumba was able to play for Team Canada after the Minnesota Wild were eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday by the Dallas Stars. The Stars beat the Wild four games to two in the best out of seven first round playoff series in the Western Conference.
A defenseman, Dumba will join a Canadian blueline that includes Cody Ceci of the Ottawa Senators, Chris Tanev and Ben Hutton of the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Murray of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Morgan Reilly of the Toronto Maple Leafs. On paper it is no question that the Canadian defense is the weakest part of the Canadian team.
Team Canada are the defending champions of the World Hockey Championship. Their first game will be against the United States on Friday, May 6.