P.K. Subban isn’t sure if he’ll represent Canada at the upcoming world championship in Russia.
The Montreal Canadiens defenceman is dealing with a non-serious neck injury, suffered March 10 versus the Buffalo Sabres.
“I spoke to Marc [Bergevin] about it last night and I couldn’t give them a decision,” Subban said Wednesday after being shut down for the rest of the season by the Canadiens.
“I don’t know what direction they’re going to go, whether they’re going to wait to see or get somebody else. But at this point in time, I don’t know when I’ll be completely cleared to play.”
Bergevin, who is Montreal’s general manager, also acts as assistant general manager for Canada’s 2016 World Cup team.
Subban was left off the preliminary 16-man roster released by Hockey Canada in early March and is competing for one of the final seven roster spots.
The 26-year-old played for the Canadians at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, where they beat Sweden for gold.
The Toronto native says it’s always an honour to play for Canada.
“I’ve always looked forward to playing for my country. I’ve had a lot of success playing for Canada, and I look forward to going to that tournament,” Subban said.
Canada opens its world championship on May 6 against the United States. The tournament, which takes place in Moscow and St. Petersburg, ends May 22.
Canada is in Group B with the U.S., Finland, Slovakia, Belarus, France, Germany, and Hungary. The Canadians are the defending champions.
— With files from Eric Engels