Blues' Schwartz joins Team Canada -

Blues' Schwartz joins Team Canada

(Hockey StL) --  Blues forward Jaden Schwartz is joining Team Canada for the 2013 IIHF World Championships according to the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Schwartz and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban are the final two additions to Team Canada’s roster. Schwartz is one of two Blues players competing in the tournament.

Schwartz, 20, competed in IIHF competition at the 2011 and 2012 World Junior Championships. Schwartz captained Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships. He is coming off of his rookie season with the Blues.

In his first complete season with the Blues, Schwartz had 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 45 games. Schwartz played in seven games with the Blues in the 2011-12 campaign, accumulating three points (two goals, one assist).

To begin his most recent season, Schwartz played in 33 games with the American Hockey League Peoria Rivermen due to the National Hockey League lockout that consumed three months of the season. In the AHL, Schwartz had 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).

Schwartz’s first game with Team Canada could come on Thursday as Team Canada faces off against Sweden in the quarterfinal round.

Schwartz joining the World Championships comes on the heels of teammate T.J. Oshie’s decision to join Team United States.  Oshie joined Team U.S. on Monday to compete in the remainder of the tournament. Oshie played in his first game with Team U.S. on Tuesday, a 4-1 loss to Slovakia. Oshie had no points and two penalty minutes.

The World Championships conclude on Sunday with the Gold Medal Game, which takes place in Stockholm. Team Canada is currently 5-1-1 through seven games.

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