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Team Canada celebrating their world championship at the 2023 IIHF world championship
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Penguins Defenseman Receives Honor for his International Play

Published March 2, 2024 at 6:06 PM
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Graham Montgomery
March 2, 2024  (6:06 PM)
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The annual IIHF world championship of hockey is one of the highest levels of international play the world has to offer. As such, winning the event is an honor many hockey players dream about. Today one Penguins defenseman received his ring for helping Canada win the gold in 2023.

Joseph Receives Championship Ring For International Tournament



The Pittsburgh Penguins are visiting the Calgary Flames today in what is another critical matchup for the team. The trip was extra special for one of the team's defensemen though as Pierre-Olivier Joseph finally received his championship ring for helping team Canada win the 2023 IIHF World Championship.

Honoring a world champ in the Great White North 🇨🇦


Today P.O Joseph received his championship ring from @HockeyCanada's Scott Salmond for winning gold at the 2023 @IIHFHockey Men's World Championship!



The 24-year-old has quietly developed into a solid bottom-pair defenseman over the past couple of seasons for the Penguins although he has few points to show for his efforts as he is a more defensively-minded defender. He spoke highly of the World Championship event as one of the highlights of his young career.

P.O Joseph: "The trip in general, the event, the time spent with these people, these players, these staff members, everything - I still have emotion about it. It was such a good experience. To relive it a little bit with Scotty there, that was a fun experience."



Penguins Set To Face Flames In Must-Win Game



Joseph received his ring at morning skate in Calgary where the team will visit the Flames tonight. With the trade deadline less than a week away, every game is critical for the Penguins at this point. Should the team make a run to get in the playoffs, tonight is certainly a must-win. The Flames have already sold off some key players while the Penguins have yet to make any major moves. A win tonight though would tie the team in points with the Islanders and Devils, two teams they have been chasing in the standings.



Dubas Faces Tough Decision With Guentzel Heading Into Trade Deadline



Should the team lose tonight, it would be one more nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes. The result could also influence Kyle Dubas' decision making in regards to upcoming trades. One player that could be on the move is Jake Guentzel. Guentzel will not be playing tonight due to injury, but he did join the team for practice for the first time on their road trip. His status is critical in the upcoming days as contenders have reportedly been asking about his availability.



Be sure to tune in tonight at 10PM EST as the Penguins try to keep their season alive.
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