The Capitals season may be done, but forward Troy Brouwer isn’t ready to pack up his gear just yet.
Brouwer has been extended an offer to represent Canada at next month’s World Hockey Championships, and the Capitals forward says that he will likely accept the opportunity.
“I’ve never played World Juniors and I doubt I’ll ever make an Olympic team so I’m real excited to represent my country and play for Team Canada,” Brouwer said Monday as the Capitals cleared out their lockers for the final time this season. “The decision hasn’t been 100 percent made yet but I have been extended an invitation.”
Brouwer was one of seven Capitals to play in all 82 regular-season games, and the 28-year-old finished with career-highs of 25 goals and 43 points.
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The World Hockey Championships, which take place May 9-25 from Minsk, Belarus, serve as a small consolation prize for Brouwer, who is missing the postseason for the first time in his professional career.
“I always said that I wanted to play World Championships at some point, but obviously the only downside is that it means you’re not in the playoffs,” he said. “So it’s kind of, not exactly what you want, but like I said, I’m extremely happy to represent my country if I’m committed.”
Should Brouwer head to the World Championships, he may be joined by a few of his Capitals teammates.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dregger, Caps forward Joel Ward has also been invited to represent Canada at the World Championships. Ward finished with a career-high 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games.
CSNWashington.com has also learned that Hockey Canada officials have reached out to Jason Chimera’s agent to gauge Chimera’s interest in competing next month in Belarus, although as of Monday, a formal invite had not yet been extended. Chimera played in all 82 games this season and finished with a career-high 42 points.
Braden Holtby and Karl Alzner, who were both at Hockey Canada’s Olympic orientation camp last August, could also be on Canada’s radar for the World Championships, although both said Monday that they had not yet been contacted by national team officials.