National pride for Oiler players

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Their season in Edmonton might be over, but a number of Oilers still have some hockey to play.

With the team missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season, a number of players will be heading off to represent their countries at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Switzerland, April 24 to May 10.

Dwayne Roloson and Shawn Horcoff will suit up for Team Canada, while Tom Gilbert and Patrick O'Sullivan are suiting up for the U.S.

Both Ales Hemsky and Ales Kotalik are expected to get the call for the Czech Republic, while Denis Grebeshkov is suiting up for Russia.

"It's a great honour to represent your country," said Roloson.

"Unfortunately, it's coming at a bad time for us, but any time you can keep on playing, it makes you feel like you're playing in the playoffs."

It's the second time Roloson has represented Canada at the worlds as a member of the Oilers. He was on the team that won gold in 2007.

Grebeshkov was on last year's championship squad as Russia upset Canada in the final in Quebec City.

"I love playing for the national team, it's a real exciting thing for me," Grebeshkov said.

"Winning last year was a lot of fun for me; I'm really looking forward to it this year."


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