Monahan to play for Canada at World Championships
CALGARY, AB -- Sean Monahan's tremendous rookie season isn't over yet.
With the Calgary Flames outside of the playoff picture, the youngster is eligible to compete in the 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Belarus and he has accepted an invitation to play for Team Canada.
"It's an honour," he said of the invitation. "I've played for Canada before and it's always a lot of fun. It's going to be a pretty awesome experience and I'm looking forward to it."
He put together an excellent rookie year, scoring 22 goals and 34 points through 75 games and finished fifth in team scoring. However, the 19-year-old admitted to be a bit surprised when he received the call from Hockey Canada yesterday.
"I didn't know [it was coming.] I guess sometimes they go with a younger team or sometimes whoever they can get. It's obviously an honour and I'm looking forward to it."
The World Championships offer yet another learning experience for the young pivot and he's hoping to soak up everything he can from his time overseas.
"I think I'll learn a lot. Obviously I'm going to be playing with different players and it's a bigger ice surface, stuff like that. It's going to help me grow my game and it's going to be awesome.
"It's pretty special to be named to that team. To get that opportunity, it's a great honour."
Prior to being drafted by the Flames, Monahan represented his country at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, playing for the gold medal-winning Team Ontario. In five games at the tournament, he scored three goals and five points.
Monahan also played for the Canadian Under-18 National Team at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The forward scored a goal in the championship game to help Canada win a fourth consecutive gold medal at the tournament.
He is the only Flame to don the maple leaf in the tournament this year. Mark Giordano was also invited but had to decline due to an injury.
"I have a hand injury ... I've sort of been playing through a little bit here but our doctors told me it's probably better to rest," the Flames captain explained.
"It's always great when you get asked for national team stuff but you have to make sure that you're ready for September as well."
It should come as no surprise that the offer was extended to Giordano. The 30-year-old authored a career-year, posting 14 goals, 47 points, and a plus-12 rating through 64 games while leading his young squad.