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Pens' Fleury to play in 2004 World Junior Championships

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Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh goaltender , the first overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, will be joining the Canadian National

Team, which

will participate

in the

World Junior

Hockey Championships. The 2004 tournament will take place between December 26 and January 5 in Helsinki and Hameenlinna, Finland.

general manager Craig Patrick made the announcement prior to the game against Calgary on Sunday.

"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.

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