08:26 AM ET 12.28 | Should the 2012-13 NHL season evaporate, one date to which fans can look forward is May 3 -- the start of the IIHF World Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm. The United States, which no doubt could have the likes of Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Ryan Miller among other NHL stars, is in a preliminary group in Helsinki to start the May tournament. ... [Said Miller in an email:] "I hope many of USA hockey's players will see it the same way and be available. I know I would love to be considered to play." "Hockey Canada wants NHL hockey to start ASAP, but if there is no season, Canada will start preparation early to send the best players to Sweden for the men's world championships," Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson told ESPN.com via email Thursday.