May 2, 2013
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Former MSU blueliner and current Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry has been named to the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.
This is the 77th IIHF Men's World Championship. Team USA will begin play on Saturday, May 4 against Austria. Sixteen countries will participate in the two-week tournament.
"It's a thrill to be selected," said Petry, who also played in this tournament in 2012. "It's an incredible honor to pull on the USA Hockey jersey. It means so much to be able to represent your country on the world stage, and I am looking forward to some great hockey in this tournament."
In addition to Petry, Danton Cole (MSU 1985-89), who was recently named MSU hockey's Distinguished Alumnus for 2013, will serve the team as an assistant coach. Cole is completing his third season with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor.
This year's tournament is being staged in two countries simultaneously, with the eight-team Pool S playing in Stockholm, Sweden, and the eight-team Pool H (which includes the United States) competing in Helsinki. Each location will include a round-robin preliminary round, with the top four teams in each pool advancing to the quarterfinal round. Quarterfinals will be played within the pool. The semifinals and medal games will all be played in Stockholm.
Petry just finished his third professional season with the Oilers, who made him a second-round pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft. In a lockout-shortened season, Petry played in all 48 games for Edmonton, contributing three goals and nine assists for 12 points. Over three years, he's played in 156 NHL games, with a 6-36-42 scoring line.
NBC Sports Network will have extensive coverage of the World Championships. Click Here for a schedule of live and tape-delayed broadcasts.