Ron Hextall named Team Canada GM for 2017 IIHF World Championship

The Flyers aren't going to the playoffs, but their general manager, Ron Hextall, has something to look forward to this spring.

Hextall on Monday was named GM of Team Canada for the 2017 IIHF World Championship, which will be held in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany.

The announcement came from Hockey Canada.

Hextall was an assistant GM at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and participated as a player in the 1992 IIHF World Championship.

The announcement comes one day after the Flyers' playoff elimination (see story), so there's likely a direct connection there in terms of timing.

Canada opens the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Paris against the Czech Republic on Friday, May 5, with preliminary-round games scheduled through Tuesday, May 16.

The bronze- and gold-medal games will take place on Sunday, May 21.

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