Germany bound

Four Flames head to Europe for World Championships

Friday, 30.04.2010 / 3:54 PM / News
By Mike Board  - CF.com Digital Content Director
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Germany bound
Mark Giordano

MARK GIORDANO

DEFENCE - CANADA

2009-10 NHL Season
GP: 82 | GOALS: 11 | ASST: 19 | PTS: 30
SOG: 111 | +/-: 17
Rene Bourque, the rugged, scoring forward for the Calgary Flames, grew up with Mark Messier as one of his idols.
Rene Bourque

RENE BOURQUE

LEFT WING - CANADA

2009-10 NHL Season
GP: 73 | GOALS: 27| ASST: 31 | PTS: 58
SOG: 25 | +/-: 7

So when his cell phone rang and it was Messier, the general manager of Canada's World Championship team, asking him to don the Maple Leaf jersey, there wasn't much hesitation.

"Mark Messier was one of my idols growing up. He gave me the call and the invite. It was pretty cool to get a call from him and talk to him on the phone for a little bit," said Bourque. a 28-year-old from Lac La Biche native.

This is the first time in his career that Bourque will play for Team Canada. Needless to say, he is more than a little excited at the opportunity to play in the tournament, which begins May 7 in Germany.

DAVID MOSS

RIGHT WING - USA

2009-10 Season
GP: 64 | GOALS: 8 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 17
SOG: 133 | +/-: -9


ERIC NYSTROM

LEFT WING - USA

2009-10 NHL Season
GP: 82 | GOALS: 11 | ASST: 8 | PTS: 18
SOG: 91 | +/-: 0
"I'm excited to go," said Bourque. "You get to meet 25 guys from other teams. It should be fun. I have never played for Canada in any tournaments. I am excited to go."

That the Flames missed the playoffs makes this opportunity even more appealing to Bourque. Simply put, the season ended too soon and this gives him a chance to play some hockey in the spring.

He won't have to look far for a familiar face, either. Flames defenceman Mark Giordano is also suting up for Canada. And Flames forwards Eric Nystrom and David Moss are playing for the Americans.

"I hope we get to play them," said Bourque, of the Team USA and Team Canada, who could meet once the medal round starts.

Bourque prepped this week for the World Championships by skating with the Calgary Hitmen, who are playing in the WHL Championship, for a couple of days.

"It was good to get practicing again and get into a little bit of shape before heading to Germany. These guys are a good team. You can see why they are in the finals. Three or four more great skates and I will feel alright," said Bourque.

Most ot Team Canada will fly to Germany this weekend -- Bourque leaves Saturday. They will have several practices and some exhibition games before the tournament starts.

Nystrom has played for Team USA at the world junior championships. Like Bourque, Moss and is  donning his nation's jersey for the first time. Giordano will get his first taste at the World Championships, although he played for Canada at the Spengler Cup in 2008 when he spent a year playing in Russia.

Team Canada coaches are Craig MacTavish, Peter DeBoer and Billy Moores.

The championship runs May 7-23 in Cologne and Mannheim, Germany. 


VIDEO: RENE BOURQUE DISCUSSES GOING TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS