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World of reasons to skip tourney

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Jarome Iginla's commitments to his family caused him to turn down Canada's team for the World Championships.

Dion Phaneuf's nagging hip pain did the same.

Meanwhile, Alex Tanguay and Matthew Lombardi weren't asked.

That's why Canada's entry at the tournament, which begins May 2 in Quebec City and Halifax, won't have any Calgary Flames.

"With little ones at home and another one on the way, I declined," Iginla said.

"They have a great team and being in Canada the spots filled up quickly. I was honoured to be invited again, but I won't be going."

His wife, Kara, is pregnant with their third child.

Phaneuf, who cut short a vacation in Hawaii last year to join the team in Russia, believed he wouldn't be well enough to play to his potential.

"I felt if I couldn't go there and contribute, feeling at 100 percent, it wasn't fair to that team," he said.

His hip problem wasn't bad enough to force him to miss games if the team reached the second round of the playoffs.

"It's just wear and tear over the year," he said. "I don't feel close enough to 100 percent or 100 percent to go there and contribute to helping that team win. I'd rather take the time to rest and use that time to heal it and make sure I'm able to have a good summer of training and be ready for camp in the fall."

Tanguay's wife is due any moment now, and Lombardi -- who also played in last year's tournament -- wasn't asked.

"They've got a pretty good team," insisted the centre, whose wife is also pregnant.

"I wasn't really thinking about it. Last year was a pretty good situation. There were some openings and I had a pretty good time."

Marcus Nilson will play for Sweden, but Kristian Huselius declined due to a sore knee.

"And I'm not that committed right now to start playing," he said. "I think I need a rest."


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