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Former Bemidji State forward Matt Read will play for Canada in World Championships

CALGARY, Alberta — Former Bemidji State University forward Matt Read is among a group of 22 players named to Canada’s National Team roster for the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

Read, who recently completed his second NHL season with the Philadelphia Flyers, posted 24 points (11 goals and 13 assists) to rank sixth on the team in scoring. Playing in 42 of the Flyers’ 48 games, his 11 goals were good for fourth on the team.

The Flyers finished fourth and just missed the playoffs recording a 23-22-3 overall record in the AtlanticDivision of the NHL’s Eastern Conference.

Read signed an NHL contract with the Flyers in 2011 following his senior season at Bemidji State.

In 147 games played at BSU the Ilderton, Ontario native finished his collegiate career as BSU’s Division I-era scoring leader with 143 points (65 goals and 78 assists), which placed him 18th on the Beavers’ all-time scoring list.

In four seasons, he missed just one game, leading the Beavers to three College Hockey America (CHA) regular-season championships, a CHA tournament title and two trips to the NCAA tournament, which included the 2009 Frozen Four.

Along the way, Read established BSU Division I-era records for goals (65) and assists (78) in addition to marks for points (143) and games played (147). A two-time captain, the 2010 CHA Player of the Year, a 2010 s team All-America selection and a perennial All-CHA pick, Read was also a member of the CHA All-Academic team and was selected as an Academic All-WCHA award recipient.

Read joins an elite group of former Beavers who have worn their nation’s colors for world championship competition, which includes: Charlie Brown (1968-71), Blane Costock (1972-73), Jim McElmury (1967-71) and Joel Otto (1980-84) among others. In the most recent World Championships, Rob Sirianni (2003-07) played for Team Italy.

Hockey Canada’s 22-man roster is made up of three goaltenders, seven defensemen and 12 forwards and includes 11 players with World Championship experience and one Olympian.

Head coach Lindy Ruff will lead Team Canada, along with assistant coaches Doug Shedden, Dave Tippett and Barry Trotz.

Canada begins its run in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship May 4 against Denmark.