Several Coyotes bound for IIHF World Championship

By Dave Vest / Arizona

Five members of the Coyotes are slated to participate in the upcoming 2017 IIHF World Championship.

USA Hockey recently named Arizona defenseman Connor Murphy, and forwards Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller to its roster for the annual tournament, which begins May 5. Meanwhile, Arizona forward Tobias Rieder said he expects to play for Germany.

Sixteen nations will participate in the IIHF World Championship. Cologne, Germany and Paris, France are the host cities. The gold-medal game will be played May 21.

This year’s tournament will be the fourth for Murphy, who served as an alternate captain for Team USA at last year’s event. Murphy also played for Team USA in this tournament in 2015 and 2014.

“You’re honored every time you get asked to play,” Murphy said. “It’s fun to play for your country in amazing parts of the world against other countries in front of a lot of people. Plus it allows you to keep playing. It’s hard being done (in the NHL) so early, so it’s nice to get a chance to start building for next year right away.”

Dvorak and Keller will be making their debuts at the IIHF World Championship, although both played for Team USA at recent IIHF World Junior Championships. Dvorak won a bronze medal with Team USA in 2016 and Keller led Team USA to a gold medal in 2017.

Like Murphy, Rieder also has played at the IIHF World Championship the past three years. He also played for Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

As fate would have it, Team USA will play Team Germany in the first game for both teams on May 5.

Head Athletic Trainer Jason Serbus is the fifth member of the Coyotes who will participate at the IIHF World Championship. Serbus will be on Team USA’s training staff.



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