Fresh on the heels of announcements that Team Canada will include goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Team USA will feature Jack Johnson on defense, now comes word that Kings forward Michal Handzus will play for Slovakia, the host country for this year’s IIHF World Championships.
Although the tournament is set to begin today, reports from Europe say Handzus and Blackhawks’ forward Marian Hossa are on their way right now to join former King Pavol Demitra (who had a strong Olympic tournament last February in Vancouver) and current Rangers winger Marian Gaborik.
The team also features Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues in goal.
Handzus is an unrestricted free agent, having just completed a four-year contract with the Kings. Earlier this week, coach Terry Murray said he’d like to have him back (full interview here).