Phaneuf answers call of duty

Dion Phaneuf has changed his mind and will now play for Canada at the world hockey championship in...

Dion Phaneuf has changed his mind and will now play for Canada at the world hockey championship in Moscow. (Sun File/Jim Wells)

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:14 PM ET

Maybe Moscow is the new Hawaii.

Calgary Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf cut short a post-season vacation in the land of the luau to join Canada's entry at the world championships in Russia yesterday.

Phaneuf reportedly initially declined an invitation due to an undisclosed injury but changed his mind after being approached again.

Canada eked out a win over Norway yesterday without the suspended Shea Weber.

Phaneuf will improve a defence corps that includes former Flame Mike Commodore, Eric Brewer, Dan Hamhuis, Barret Jackman, Nick Schultz and Cory Murphy.

Phaneuf, 22, reached the 50-point mark, which included 17 goals, in his second NHL season.

He had one point and was minus-4 in the Flames' first-round playoff loss to Detroit.

Phaneuf won a gold medal with Canada in 2005 at the World Junior Hockey Championships and a silver medal the year before.

He'll join Flames teammate Matthew Lombardi in Moscow.


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