Mar 24, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) before a game against the Minnesota Wild at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

2012 IIHF World Championships and the Buffalo Sabres

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

When the NHL season ends for a team, some players call it a summer, and despite keeping into shape, think little of playing hockey.  For three Buffalo Sabres, the shortened NHL season wasn’t the end all be all for them.  Jhonas Enroth, Andrej Sekera, and Nathan Gerbe all took the opportunity to play for their home countries in the 2012 IIHF World Championships. 

 
As reported by the Buffalo Sabres this past weekend, Gerbe will miss the tournament due to a lower back injury he is having treated.  That leaves two Buffalo Sabres hoping to bring home either a gold, silver or bronze medal in the tournament to add to their resume.  This tournament is going to be the first measuring stick for the international teams as countries prepare for the 2014 Olympics games in Sochi.  

The United States has not won gold medal in the World Championships since 1960.  Slovakia last won the tournament gold in 2002, and Swedens last time as the king of the hill as in 2006. 

With the tournament being shared by Finland and Sweden, the sixteen competing teams will be put into two groups for the preliminary round.  Jhonas Enroth will be playing at home in the Stockholm group, and will be facing the Russians, Czech Republic, Germans, Norway, Latvia, Denmark, and Italians. 

Andrej Sekera will join his countrymen in the Helsinki group, and will round robin with Finland, Canada, USA, Switzerland, Belarus, France, and Kazakhstan. 

The tournament gets under way May 4, with round robin action going from May 4th through the 18th.  The Semifinals will take place in Helsinki on Saturday May 19th, with the medal games played in Helsinki on Sunday May 20th. 

NBC Sports (formerly Versus) will broadcast all games involving Team USA .  Full schedule of games, rosters, and standings can be found on the IIHF page, as well as here on the Wiki page.  

For fans following Enroth and Sekera, here are the schedules for the two groups:

 

4 May 2012
12:15
United States  12:15  France Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
4 May 2012
16:15
Canada  16:15  Slovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
4 May 2012
20:15
Belarus  20:15  Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
5 May 2012
15:00
Switzerland  15:00  Kazakhstan Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
5 May 2012
19:00
Canada  19:00  United States Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
6 May 2012
12:15
France  12:15  Kazakhstan Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
6 May 2012
16:15
Finland  16:15  Slovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
6 May 2012
20:15
Switzerland  20:15  Belarus Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
7 May 2012
16:15
France  16:15  Canada Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
7 May 2012
20:15
United States  20:15  Slovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
8 May 2012
16:15
Belarus  16:15  Kazakhstan Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
8 May 2012
20:15
Finland  20:15  Switzerland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
9 May 2012
16:15
Slovakia  16:15  Kazakhstan Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
9 May 2012
20:15
Canada  20:15  Switzerland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
10 May 2012
16:15
United States  16:15  Belarus Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
10 May 2012
20:15
France  20:15  Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
11 May 2012
16:15
Kazakhstan  16:15  United States Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
11 May 2012
20:15
Finland  20:15  Canada Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
12 May 2012
12:15
Slovakia  12:15  Belarus Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
12 May 2012
16:15
Switzerland  16:15  France Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
12 May 2012
20:15
Kazakhstan  20:15  Canada Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
13 May 2012
16:15
Finland  16:15  United States Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
13 May 2012
20:15
Switzerland  20:15  Slovakia Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
14 May 2012
16:15
Belarus  16:15  France Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
14 May 2012
20:15
Kazakhstan  20:15  Finland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
15 May 2012
12:15
Canada  12:15  Belarus Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
15 May 2012
16:15
Slovakia  16:15  France Hartwall Areena, Helsinki
15 May 2012
20:15
United States  20:15  Switzerland Hartwall Areena, Helsinki

 

4 May 2012
12:15
Germany  12:15  Italy Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
4 May 2012
16:15
Czech Republic  16:15  Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
4 May 2012
20:15
Sweden  20:15  Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
5 May 2012
16:15
Latvia  16:15  Russia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
5 May 2012
20:15
Sweden  20:15  Czech Republic Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
6 May 2012
12:15
Denmark  12:15  Italy Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
6 May 2012
16:15
Russia  16:15  Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
6 May 2012
20:15
Germany  20:15  Latvia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
7 May 2012
16:15
Czech Republic  16:15  Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
7 May 2012
20:15
Denmark  20:15  Sweden Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
8 May 2012
16:15
Latvia  16:15  Italy Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
8 May 2012
20:15
Russia  20:15  Germany Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
9 May 2012
16:15
Norway  16:15  Italy Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
9 May 2012
20:15
Sweden  20:15  Germany Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
10 May 2012
16:15
Denmark  16:15  Russia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
10 May 2012
20:15
Czech Republic  20:15  Latvia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
11 May 2012
16:15
Italy  16:15  Czech Republic Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
11 May 2012
20:15
Russia  20:15  Sweden Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
12 May 2012
12:15
Norway  12:15  Latvia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
12 May 2012
16:15
Germany  16:15  Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
12 May 2012
20:15
Italy  20:15  Sweden Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
13 May 2012
16:15
Russia  16:15  Czech Republic Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
13 May 2012
20:15
Germany  20:15  Norway Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
14 May 2012
16:15
Latvia  16:15  Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
14 May 2012
20:15
Italy  20:15  Russia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
15 May 2012
12:15
Norway  12:15  Denmark Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
15 May 2012
16:15
Czech Republic  16:15  Germany Ericsson Globe, Stockholm
15 May 2012
20:15
Sweden  20:15  Latvia Ericsson Globe, Stockholm

 

 

 

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