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Morning Bag Skate: Trevor van Riemsdyk to play for Team USA at World Championship

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Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will make his international debut for the United States next month at the 2017 World Championship.

In Hawks prospect news, Alex DeBrincat had an assist in Erie’s 4-3 win over Owen Sound in Game 4 of the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference Final. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) in the series, which is tied 2-2. Game 5 is Friday in Erie.

Matthew Highmore had an assist in Saint John’s 4-3 loss to Chicoutimi in Game 4 of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s semifinals. The series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 on Friday at Saint John.

HAWKS

**Hawks ‘among front-runners’ to sign Swedish free agent defenseman Calle Rosen, per report (SCH)

**Hawks President McDonough says status quo unacceptable (Chicago Tribune)

**TvR to play for Team USA at Worlds (SCH)

**Who should Hawks fans root for in the playoffs? (SCH)

**How the Hawks can beat the market and keep winning (The Athletic)

**Hawks fan says first-round series should be replayed because it was a fluke (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Fiddler scores late to win Game 1 for Preds (On The Forecheck)

**Preds’ Fiala taken off on stretcher, hospitalized after scary fall (SBN)

**Stars’ Seguin undergoes surgery for torn labrum (PHT)

**Stars season grades: Cody Eakin (Defending Big D)

**Avs offseason tweets are really sad (SBN)

NHL

**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**ESPN’s NHL coverage takes major hit in latest round of layoffs (SCH)

**Babcock, McLellan, Tortorella named NHL coach of the year finalists (SCH)

**RECAP: Draisaitl’s 4-point night leads Oilers over Ducks in Game 1 (PHT)

**Bruins officially name Cassidy head coach (Boston Globe)

**Cassidy proved he was right man for Bruins’ job (Boston Globe)

**Kucherov on Lightning linemates: They got their money and stopped working (Raw Charge)

**Habs announce Emelin underwent knee surgery (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Habs assistant coach Jodoin resigns (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Flames ‘likely’ to leave Brouwer unprotected (Calgary Herald)

**Habs interested in signing KHL player Jakub Jerabek (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Kings counting on new coach Stevens to ease scoring woes (LA Times)

**Elliott: Stevens brings a softer voice, small changes to Kings' head-coaching job (LA Times)

**Sabres sign 2015 fifth-rounder Stephens to ELC (Die By The Blade)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Marner to play for Canada at World Championship, Rielly will not (theScore)

**Mississauga sweeps Peterborough to win Eastern Conference title (OHL)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Dubois scores twice as Armada take 3-1 lead on Islanders (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Brooks, Hobbs lead Regina to Game 4 win over Lethbridge (Sportsnet)