Andrew Ladd will readily admit this: he loves playing hockey well into June -- especially if the season concludes with him hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head.

And so for the Winnipeg Jet captain, playing in next month's IIHF World Hockey Championships will have to provide his spring fix for the two-time NHL champ.

"I'm excited to play some more hockey for sure," Ladd said Wednesday prior to a quick skate at MTS Iceplex. "It's fun to be playing hockey at this time of year. Obviously we came up short with what we were trying to do (with the Jets), but this is another opportunity to play and to win.

"We're going to have a good team going over there. That in itself is exciting and there's the chance to play with some top-end guys, too."