Martin Fehervary Will Not Play For Team Slovakia In 2023 IIHF World Championship

According to Hockey Slovakia’s team website, Washington Capitals defenseman Martin Fehervary will not play for Team Slovakia in the upcoming 2023 IIHF World Championship in May. Fehervary is already at home in Slovakia, but has decided to rest rather than join Team Slovakia for this year’s tournament.

Hockey Slovakia reports that communication took place between Fehervary and the management of the national team in recent days. However, after a difficult season in the NHL, the website says that Fehervary doesn’t feel he is 100% ready to play for Team Slovakia, and thus, has decided to pass on this year’s Championship. Fehervary has played for Team Slovakia in three prior World Championships (2018, 2019 and 2022) and three prior World Junior Championships (2017, 2018 and 2019).

Fehervary joins Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom in the decision to pass on this year’s championship. Team Sweden confirmed on Wednesday that Capitals defenseman Rasmus Sandin will join Team Sweden next week for a tuneup tournament and the World Championship. Russia is once again excluded from this year’s tournament.

Fehervary played in 67 games for the Capitals this past season, recording six goals and 10 assists. He missed three games in early March with a lower body injury and missed most of December with an upper body injury, that included a Saint on the injured reserve list.

The 2023 IIHF World Championship will be co-hosted by Tampere, Finland and Riga, Latvia. The tournament is scheduled to be run from May 12 to 28.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to Martin Fehervary Will Not Play For Team Slovakia In 2023 IIHF World Championship

  1. Anonymous says:

    Played in six world championships including two in one season. I think he deserves a year off. Knowing Marty, he’s already got his sights on prep for 2023-24 season.

  2. Prevent Defense says:

    I look for Fehervary to have a strong “bounce back” year after the depressing swan-song of HCPL. Martin was at least partially “Stevenson-ed” by the disaster year combination of massive team injuries and ineffective coaching

    NHL First Round playoffs: TOR delivered a stinker to their home fans with a chance to win their TBL series. “Here We Go Again” in the mind of every fan in Leaf Nation

    But NJD has suddenly figured out how to do Playoff Hockey. They SPANKED the Rags and looked good doing it. NYR mugging techniques in Games 1 and 2 have been matched by Red-devil

    Speaking of Stevenson: He’s 12 wins away from his first Stanley Cup

  3. Prevent Defense says:

    Almost forgot: Jonas Siegenthaler was a BEAST last night versus NYR. Stood up to Ranger intimidation tactics and cleared his goalie’s crease — leading to the Shutout on the road!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well earned vacation for 42.

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