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Calvin de Haan Joining Canada at IIHF World Championship

Islanders defenseman part of first 18 named

New York Islanders v Ottawa Senators
“Hey break it up boys, break it up, you’re on the same team.” >>”NOT NOW we aren’t!”
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Calvin de Haan is the latest New York Islanders player to extend his season via the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

The defenseman will join Team Canada for the annual spring tournament, held this year in Cologne and Paris from May 5-21.

Islanders forwards Brock Nelson and Anders Lee were announced as part of the U.S. team last week.

De Haan’s selection comes as part of the first 18 players named to the squad. With the some NHL playoff teams’ seasons potentially ending as early as tonight or tomorrow, there are surely more names to come soon.

As of now, it looks like the Carp lad would get a big role: thus far his blueline colleagues include Tyson Barrie (Avalanche), Jason Demers (Panthers), Michael Matheson (Panthers), and Josh Morrissey (Jets).

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall leads the traditionally massive management group making the selections, invitations and, we assume, pleading phone calls to good players.

As with Nelson and Lee, our refrain remains the same: For the love of Bossy, DON’T GET HURT.