Colorado Avalanche: Catching up with the Players at IIHF Worlds

Sweden's Gabriel Landeskog (L) and Slovakia's Marcel Hascak vie for the puck during the Ice Hockey World Championship match between Sweden and Slovakia in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, 15 May 2017. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa (Photo by Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Sweden's Gabriel Landeskog (L) and Slovakia's Marcel Hascak vie for the puck during the Ice Hockey World Championship match between Sweden and Slovakia in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, 15 May 2017. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa (Photo by Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images) /
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Czech Republic’s goalkeper Pavel Francouz reacts during the group A match Czech Republic vs Austria of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 14, 2018. (Photo by HELMUT FOHRINGER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo credit should read HELMUT FOHRINGER/AFP/Getty Images) /

Pavel Francouz

Goalie Pavel Francouz was the Colorado Eagle’s main goalie this season. He’s an unrestricted free agent coming July 1, but I somehow think the organization will offer him a contract.

Until then, Francouz is playing for his native Czech Republic. This is the sixth time the goalie has played for the national team. He previously represented the Czech Republic in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at IIHF Worlds.

Also, at the time of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Francouz wasn’t an NHLer. As such, he was able to represent his county.

The Czechs are number three in Group B, having recorded three regulation wins and a regulation loss in four games. The Czechs will play today against the Italian National team.

dark. Next. Jost and Other Avs at IIHF Worlds

It’s nice knowing there are still some Colorado Avalanche players playing hockey through mid-June. Yes, if not for a bogus disallowed goal call, they’d still be playing NHL hockey. However, we have to take what the hockey gods send us.

And for now, that’s the IIHF Worlds Championship tournament.