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If you are a hockey fan you know that the countdown is on for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship. But did you know that our very own Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher (aka Dr. Tim) was selected as Team Canada’s sports medicine physician?

This honour is given to only one physician across Canada every year. For those of you who don’t know much about hockey, the World Juniors is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for the top under-20 hockey players from around the world. This tournament has become one of the most popular and prestigious sports events of the year and it has launched the NHL careers of many players. This year the tournament will be played in Buffalo, New York.

Over the last two years Dr. Tim has worked closely with Hockey Canada and in June, 2010 was selected to be the team physician for the 2011 World Juniors. In this role, his job is to examine every player invited to the selection camp to identify injuries or issues and decide whether or not they are healthy enough to compete. Of course, should any problem be identified, he works toward a resolution as quickly as possible.

During the three-week tournament he will be with Team Canada 24/7 to address any medical issue that may arise during practices, games or outside of hockey. During games and practices he will be there on the bench so that he can rapidly provide emergency medical attention if needed. Typical injuries include lacerations, fractures, joint dislocations, ligament sprains and muscle strains. After the tournament, he will provide medical reports to all of the NHL teams who have loaned their players to Hockey Canada for this tournament.

Please join us in wishing Team Canada the best of luck and in congratulating Dr. Tim on this great achievement.