Schenn going to worlds

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

His rookie NHL season may be done, but Luke Schenn hasn't finished playing hockey this spring.

The teenaged Leafs defenceman has been named to play on coach Lindy Ruff's Canadian team at the world championship in Switzerland later this month.

"Getting the chance to play with some different players from around the league to see what they do and learning from other defencemen will be good for me," the 19-year-old Saskatoon native said yesterday after his season-ending debriefing at the Air Canada Centre.

"You're playing against the top players in the world who aren't in the NHL playoffs so it's going to be a great experience."

And he won't be in Europe without some company from the Leafs. Joining Schenn on the Canadian team will be defenceman Ian White while centre Jason Blake will represent the U.S. team coached by the Leafs' Ron Wilson.

As well, Nik Hagman will play for Finland, Mikhail Grabovski for Belarus -- which Canada meets in its opening game on April 24 -- and goaltender Martin Gerber for the host nation.

"Any time you get the opportunity to do this you've got to jump at it," White said of his selection by Team Canada boss Doug Armstrong.

Blake returns to international duty for the U.S. after a nice bounceback season in which he led the Leafs in scoring.

"With the Olympics coming up, it's a great way to introduce myself back into the U.S. system," Blake said.

Leafs veteran Brad May thinks the world-ly experience will be a good one for Schenn.

"It's a second chance at having a successful season," May said.

Loose Leafs

Goaltender Curtis Joseph doesn't expect to hear soon whether the Leafs have plans for him but said he'd like to return to the NHL "under the right circumstances." ... Jonas Frogren and Nikolai Kulemin will be added to the Marlies roster for the AHL playoffs.


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