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Canada opens world championship against France on TSN, TSN GO

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TSN.ca Staff
5/9/2014 12:27:39 AM
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Canada's national men's team begins its quest for a 25th gold medal at the world championship on Friday when it faces France in the Group A opener in in Minsk, Belarus.

You can catch the action live on TSN and TSN GO at 9:30am et/6:30am pt.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer gets the call in net for the opener. Coach Dave Tippett said he chose Reimer over Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens strictly on seniority. It's expected that both goalies will split time at the tournament, with Scrivens likely seeing action in Canada's next game on Saturday against Slovakia.

"It goes solely off seniority," Tippett said. "Scrivens was upset because he thought he should've got the call because he had 19 seconds longer than Reimer the other day (in the exhibition game)."

While this is Scrivens' first time representing Canada at any level, Reimer last played for Canada at the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia, where he posting a 4-0 record in the group stage.

On Thursday, coach Tippett kept the top line of Alex Burrows, Kyle Turris and Nathan MacKinnon together from Tuesday's exhibition game and tinkered elsewhere.

Nazem Kadri centred Cody Hodgson and Troy Brouwer, while Philadelphia Flyers teammates Brayden Schenn and Matt Read skated with Jonathan Huberdeau. Jason Chimera and Capitals teammate Joel Ward remained together, and Tippett said he'll keep an eye on having either Mark Scheifele or Sean Monahan between them.

"You've got to get your players in roles early," Tippett said. "Always subject to change, but I think one of the most important factors of a tournament like this is you try to get everybody in their spots as quick as you can."

Kevin Bieksa was named Team Canada's captain on Thursday. Tippett said Bieksa got the nod because he's outgoing but also plays hard and with passion. Chimera is one alternate because he brings the experience of winning at this tournament before and Turris is the other because he bridges young and old on the roster.

"He keeps it fun, he likes to have a good time," Burrows said. "But at the same time when it's time to work and do the right things, he's the first one to lead the way."

Following Friday's game against France, Canada faces Slovakia on Saturday. The game can be seen live on TSN and TSN GO at 1:30pm et/10:30am pt.

Jonathan Huberdeau (Photo: Andre Ringuette/ImagesOnIce)

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(Photo: Andre Ringuette/ImagesOnIce)
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