Former Badgers will compete in World Cup of Hockey

Eight national teams will compete Aug. 30 through Sept. 14; competition last held eight years ago

When the 2004 World Cup of Hockey kicks off Aug. 30, three former Badgers will take the ice, representing the United States and Canada.

Atlanta Thrashers forward Dany Heatley, a Badger during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons, will suit up with Canada. Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios and New Jersey Devils defender Brian Rafalski will play with Team USA.

The eight-team tournament brings together the best players from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States. The games will be held in six of the eight aforementioned countries.

The United States won the inaugural World Cup in 1996 with help from former Badger goalie Mike Richter, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

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