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Roloson chosen for worlds

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- You know it's been a tough year when Moscow sounds pretty good compared to Edmonton.

But for netminder Dwayne Roloson and a few of his Oilers teammates, the upcoming World Championship in Russia will provide a welcome relief from an NHL season that can't end soon enough.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Roloson, who's accepted GM Steve Yzerman's request to join Team Canada. "It's a great chance (to see Russia)."

Roloson, who last played for Team Canada in Stockholm in 1995, was one of five players named yesterday.

Eric Brewer, Rick Nash, Shane Doan and Mike Cammalleri round out the first wave of talent.

"I'm very happy with the group of players that we are naming," said Yzerman. "These players bring a wealth of leadership and experience and we feel that this is an outstanding core group of players to start with."

It's too early to tell where Roloson will fit in in the depth chart.

If Vancouver and New Jersey lose in the first round of the playoffs, Roberto Luongo and Martin Brodeur could be available. But Roloson is just happy to be going.

"I told them I don't care where I am on the depth chart, first, second or third," said Roloson, who didn't see any action in 1995, behind starter Corey Hirsch. "I haven't been to Moscow before."

Roloson, who has a 2.76 GAA, a .908 save percentage and four shutouts this season, will see a few Oilers teammates over there.

Matt Greene and Toby Petersen have accepted invitations to play for the U.S. and Ladislav Smid is going to the Czech Republic's camp.

Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky, who felt the effects of a short summer following last year's playoff run, won't be playing for Canada and the Czechs respectively.

"Horc has played a lot of hockey and has been beat up for a lot of this stretch," said head coach Craig MacTavish.

"I'd prefer that he not go. Same with Ales for the Czech team.

"He's got the bad shoulder and he's played a lot of hockey lately, a lot of tough minutes, more than he's played before, and he's probably best served by getting some rest."


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