Sidney Crosby to play for Canada at World Hockey Championship
Sidney Crosby will represent Canada at the World Hockey Championship this spring for the first time since 2006. (Postmedia Network)
For the first time in nine years, Sidney Crosby will suit up for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.
Hockey Canada announced Sunday the Pittsburgh Penguins captain will compete in this year's tournament in the Czech Republic. It will be his first world championship appearance since the completion of his rookie NHL season in 2006.
Deep post-season runs and injuries had prevented Crosby from joining Canada's roster in the past. He was made available this spring after his Pens were eliminated by the New York Rangers on Friday in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series.
Crosby led the '06 tournament in scoring, tallying 16 points in nine games, but came away empty-handed as Canada fell 5-0 to Finland in the bronze-medal game.
Canada hasn't won a world championship since 2007 and has failed to reach the podium in the past five tournaments.
The world championship begins May 1 with the gold-medal game to be played May 17.
Crosby has won two Olympic gold medals with Canada at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games.