According to the Peterborough Examiner on Thursday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Corey Perry of Peterborough, Ontario will represent Canada at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Russia. Perry is able to represent Canada because his Anaheim Ducks were eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday by the Nashville Predators.
Perry won a gold medal for Canada in men’s hockey at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He also won a gold medal for Canada in men’s hockey at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Perry had 34 goals and 28 assists for 62 points in 82 games for the Ducks this season. He then added four assists in seven games against the Predators in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Perry’s finest National Hockey League season came in 2010-11 where he led the NHL with 50 goals and won the Hart Trophy which is presented to the league’s most valuable player. Perry also set a career high in points that season with 98.
This will be the third time that Perry has represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships. Canada lost to Russia 5-2 in the quarterfinals in Germany in 2010 and to Slovakia 4-3 in the quarterfinals in Finland in 2012.