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Ovechkin, Semin and Backstrom set to participate in World Championships

While the Capitals’ season has come to a close, three players are not finished playing hockey this spring.

Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin will join Russia and Nicklas Backstrom will join Sweden for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships later this week. The tournament is taking place in Helsinki and Stockholm.

According to the IIHF, Backstrom is expected to arrive in Stockholm on Tuesday in time to take part in Sweden’s final preliminary-round game against Latvia that night. Semin and Ovechkin are expected to join Russia by Wednesday, with the quarterfinals set to begin Thursday, according to the IIHF.

Backstrom spoke to Swedish paper Expressen about taking part in the tournament for the first time since 2006.

“The thought about Worlds has been at the back of my mind for a long time,” Backstrom told Expressen as translated by Malin Andersson. “It’s an honor to play for my country and when the tourney is being played at home it feels extra special.”

You can read more of Backstrom’s comments here.

Today is breakdown day for the Capitals in Arlington, with General Manager George McPhee set to speak to reporters at noon, so be sure to check back for more throughout the day.

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