Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today that forward Alexandre Texier will compete for France at the 2022 IIHF World Championships held in Helsinki and Tampere, Finland from May 13-29.

"Alexandre Texier reached out to let us know that he was ready to get back on the ice and asked our permission to participate in the World Championships," said Kekalainen. "We were very happy to hear that he is doing well physically and mentally and ready to take this next step in his journey. We are excited that he will be representing France at the World Championships and look forward to his return to the Blue Jackets next season."