Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane won’t be on World teams
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org April 25, 2012 10:06PM
Updated: May 28, 2012 9:00AM
Count defenseman Duncan Keith and forwards Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg as those in and ready for more hockey next month. But count Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane out.
As it typically happens on clean-out days, injuries became a topic Wednesday at the United Center. Keith and Sharp are healthy and eager to represent Canada in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Finland, and so is Stalberg for Sweden.
Toews and Kane, though, will take the rest.
“I knew that when I came back that my head felt right,” Toews said of the concussion that kept him out 22 games at the end of the regular season. “[But] I think there is still an element of uncertainty that you don’t know if it’s going to happen again or if it’s going to come back.
“For now, the smart play is just to rest and make sure everything is clear and behind me. Obviously, I’d like to go and represent Canada every chance that I get . . . but right now it’s not the smartest thing to do.”
Kane needed wrist surgery last summer and said he doesn’t want to risk setbacks in his offseason training with another injury. Kane would have been one of the best players on Team USA.
“I’m healthy right now,” said Kane, who proved he can play both center and wing this season. “I’m excited about that. I don’t really want to risk that, especially into next season. I saw the difference it could make, being healthy or not being healthy [in the summer].”
Sharp said he won’t need surgery after suffering a broken bone in his left wrist in January. He returned early but had a strong finish to the regular season to lead the Hawks in scoring.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Sharp said. “I played in 2008 in Canada and it was an awesome experience. I think it really helped me personally in my career and I’ve played well after.”
Keith revealed that a broken finger and elbow surgery prevented him from playing for Canada last summer. He called the elbow surgery “minor” and said it didn’t affect his play during this season.
“This year, I’m healthy and looking forward to the challenge,” Keith said. “I’m excited to go. It’s a special feeling.”