Pens' Fleury to play in 2004 World Junior Championships
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Hockey Championships. The 2004 tournament will take place between December 26 and January 5 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.
"We're going to allow Marc-Andre to go play for the world junior team in Finland," Patrick said. "We think it's best for Marc-Andre and ourselves long term."
Fleury will be making his second appearance for the national team. He led Canada to a silver medal last year in Nova Scotia.
In 16 games for Pittsburgh this season, the rookie has posted a 4-9-2 record with a 3.15 goals-against average.