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Hockey Canada has named a 41-player selection camp roster, which includes Howden, for the world junior hockey championships. Twenty-two of those will be chosen to play for Canada at the 2012 world junior hockey championship, which starts Boxing Day in Edmonton and Calgary. (Hockey Canada/The Canadian Press)
Hockey Canada has named a 41-player selection camp roster, which includes Howden, for the world junior hockey championships. Twenty-two of those will be chosen to play for Canada at the 2012 world junior hockey championship, which starts Boxing Day in Edmonton and Calgary. (Hockey Canada/The Canadian Press)

Canada falls to fifth in IIHF world rankings Add to ...

Canada has dropped to fifth in world rankings released ahead of the IIHF World Hockey Championship.



Defending champion Finland remains No. 1 ahead of Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic.



Canada sat in top spot after winning gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver but has dropped down after consecutive quarter-final exits at the world championship.



The team added defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks to the roster Thursday.



The Canadian players participating in this year's tournament leave Thursday for Europe and will play two exhibition games in Zurich.



Canada opens the tournament May 4 in Helsinki against Slovakia.



The world championship has added significance this year because the world rankings will be frozen after it finishes and used to determine groupings for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.



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