Bourque named to Team Canada

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:34 PM ET

Rene Bourque is headed to Germany after all.

When the Calgary Flames winger left the Saddledome Wednesday after cleaning out his locker, he said he hadn’t received a call from Team Canada boss Mark Messier.

But Bourque made it clear he would accept the invitation to the world championships if asked.

Messier announced the first 15 members of Team Canada Friday morning and Bourque’s name was among them.

The 27-goal scorer will join teammate Mark Giordano for the tournament that runs May 7-23 in Cologne and Mannheim.

“I don’t know how much it would help me in terms of playing for next year,” Bourque said Wednesday at garbage-bag day.

“Winning a championship would be great. I played in college on big ice surfaces. I know it’s a lot more skating and more room on the powerplay. It’s tougher to kill penalties. It’s going to be a different game.”

The 28-year-old Bourque, who has never donned the Maple Leaf, will be one of the elder statesman among Team Canada forwards. The initial group includes 51-goal scorer Steve Stamkos (20) of the Tampa Bay Lightning, John Tavares (19) of the New York Islanders and Evander Kane (18) of the Atlanta Thrashers.

“Our philosophy going into the World Championship this year was to build a young talented team that is excited to have a chance to represent their country,” said Messier in a statement.

“We are very proud of the enthusiasm and excitement that the players have shown when informed of their selection.  The World Championship is a tremendous opportunity for these young players to gain experience at the international level.”


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