Two more players from the Toronto Maple Leafs have been chosen to represent their home country at the 2011 World Championships in Slovakia.
Chicago, Illinois native Mike Brown and defenseman Mike Komisarek from West Islip, New York, have both been named to the Team USA roster.
Brown, 25, scored three goals and added five assists to go along with a plus-1 rating in 50 games for the Maple Leafs. His tremendous hustle and determination to win was a key part of the Leafs’ second half success in 2010-2011.
Komisarek, 29, had one of his worst career years last season. In 75 games, Komisarek scored just one goal and nine assists. He also finished with a minus-8 rating and 86 penalty minutes. His slow speed and inability to shut down opposing players was a glowing problem.
Also named to Team USA is Maple Leafs prospect Jake Gardiner, who collected three assists in ten games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this season. Before that, he played in 41 games for the University of Wisconsin. He scored 10 goals and assisted on another 31 during that span.
Carl Gunnarsson (Sweden), Luke Schenn (Canada), James Reimer (Canada), Dion Phaneuf (Canada), Mikhail Grabovski (Belarus) and Nikolai Kulemin (Russia) are also going to the Worlds. Other Leafs prospects going to the tournament are Korbinian Holzer and Marcel Mueller for Germany, as well as Juraj Mikus, who will represent Slovakia.
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