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Sedins and Edler to play for Sweden at hockey worlds

The Canadian Press

5/8/2013 7:42:48 PM

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin and defenceman Alex Edler will play for Sweden at the world hockey championships.

J.P. Barry, the Sedins' agent, confirmed Wednesday the twins will play for their homeland at the worlds. They will leave Vancouver for Stockholm on Friday after attending a media availability to discuss the disappointing end of the Canucks' season.

The Swedes became available after the Canucks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday by the San Jose Sharks. The Canucks lost 4-3 in overtime as the Sharks swept the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final.

This will mark the fifth time the Sedins have represented Sweden in world championship play. They helped their homeland win bronze medals in 2001 and 1999.

Mark Stowe, Edler's agent, also confirmed the defenceman will head to Stockholm to take part in the worlds. Stowe did not know when Edler will leave Vancouver, but it appears likely the rearguard will depart around the same time as the Sedins.

Edler is also slated to take part in the media availability with reporters Thursday at Rogers Arena.

This will mark the second time Edler has represented Sweden at worlds, which are being held in both Stockholm and Helsinki. The host Swedes are playing their preliminary-round games in Stockholm. He also toiled for Sweden in 2008.

Meanwhile, the International Ice Hockey Federation's website reported that, in addition to the Sedins and Edler joining Sweden, Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen will play for Denmark.

Jensen, 20, was Vancouver's first choice (29th overall) in the 2011 NHL entry draft. He spent most of the season with AIK of the Swedish Elite League and also toiled for 20 regular-season games with the Chicago Wolves, the Canucks' top farm club.

The Canucks called up Jensen late in the regular season, and he played two games without earning a point while posting a minus-one mark. He was not used in the playoffs.

The IIHF website also reported that Vancouver winger Jannik Hansen, one of Denmark's top players, declined an invitation to play at the worlds due to an injury.