Three Bruins will head over to Europe to take part in the International Hockey Federation World Championships this month.
Zdeno Chara headlines the group in a rare summer hockey tournament appearance for the proud Slovakian defenseman in recent years, and David Krejci will likewise play for the Czech Republic entry after finishing up the year in Boston. Norwegian goaltender and 2011 draft Lars Volden will round out the candidates taking part in the world hockey tournament.
Tyler Seguin had mentioned the world championships as a possibility when he was packing up his things at TD Garden last week, but it seems pretty clear now that his first priority is the surgery on his left middle knuckle. The 20-year-old suffered a displaced tendon during a March game against the Florida Panthers, and played through the playoffs with the injury.
The World Championships will begin Friday, May 4 in Helsinki and Stockholm with 16 teams playing in two preliminary round groups with eight teams in each, using the IIHF World Ranking for seeding. This means that each team will play seven preliminary round games each.
Chara and the Slovaks will be in the Helsinki group along with Finland, Canada, USA,Switzerland, Belarus, France and Kazakhstan. Krejci and the Czechs will begin in Stockholm and be up against Russia, Sweden, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Denmark and Italy.
The tournament will run from May 4 through May 20.
The top four teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the quarterfinals. The teams that finish last in each group will be relegated to Division I. Teams placed 5-8 will have no more games.
The two top teams will have to play ten games to reach the final, with all medal games hosted in Helsinki.