Christian Ehrhoff, Andrej Sekera and Jhonas Enroth all suited up for their countries on May 3 as the IIHF World Championships began in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek and Rochester Americans forward Zemgus Girgensons are also participating in the tournament, with their teams’ game actions beginning on Saturday.
Ehrhoff, who was named captain of the German squad, had one goal, four penalty minutes and one shot as Germany dropped its first game of the tournament, 4-3, to Finland. Ehrhoff saw a team-high ice time of 29:30, over eight minutes more than the next highest average.
Ehrhoff and his national team will face Russia in their second game of the tournament on May 5.
Fellow Buffalo Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera also suited up on Friday, representing Slovakia in its first match-up of the tournament. Sekera had an assist and two penalty minutes, skating 24:54 – a team high – as Slovakia defeated France, 6-2.
Next up for Slovakia is a meeting with Finland on May 4.
Finally, Jhonas Enroth’s Swedish team dropped a 3-2 decision to Switzerland on May 3. Enroth didn’t play in the game; instead, it was Florida Panthers prospect Jacob Markstrom who tended goal, allowing two goals on 23 shots faced. (One of Switzerland’s goals came on the empty net.)
Enroth and the Swedish squad face the Czech Republic in more IIHF World Championships action on May 4.