2016 World Cup of Hockey Rosters Announced

On March 2nd, all eight teams announced their preliminary rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. These rosters were made up of 16 players, typically 9 forwards, 4 defencemen, and 3 goalies although it could vary.

Earlier today, all eight teams finalized their 2016 World Cup of Hockey rosters by announcing their final seven additions. Let’s take a look at each countries announced roster, with today’s last minute additions highlighted.

 

Canada WCOH

Having already decided their three goalies on the initial 16-man roster, Team Canada still had four forwards and three defencemen to name. The good news for Joe Thornton continues to pour in, first earning a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals and now a spot on Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Marchand isn’t much of a surprise either after having a personal best individual season in goals and points, as well as tallying 7 points for Canada at the World Championships this month.

On the blue line, Brent Burns rightfully earned a spot on the team. Alex Pietrangelo, who was also on the Canadian gold medal Olympic team will make a return to the international stage. Jake Muzzin will be representing Canada at the international stage for the second time in his hockey career, over P.K. Subban who was on the bubble to make the team.

The Montreal Canadiens are represented by Carey Price who is the likely starting goaltender again. He has had great success on the international stage, most notably with his 0.59 Goals Against Average in five starts at the 2014 Olympics. Price will be looking to add to his international medal collection which currently consists of two gold medals and two silver medals.

 

Czech WCOH

The Czech Republic have added Faksa, Hemsky, Jaskin, the Michalek brothers, Jordan and Nakladal to their final 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.

Like most teams in the tournament, the majority of players on the team currently play in the National Hockey League. For the Czech Republic, the lone exception is Vladimir Sobotka of Avangard Omsk (KHL). Having said that, the Trebic native was a fourth round pick of the Bruins in 2005 and played in the NHL for Boston and St. Louis between 2007 and 2014 before heading overseas to the KHL.

Tomas Plekanec is the lone member of the Habs on the Czech Republic, to no surprise. Plekanec has been representing his home country on the international stage plenty of times since 2000. He has a gold, silver, and two bronze medals to show for it.

 

Europe WCOH

Team Europe announced Bellemare, Gaborik, Niederreiter, Rieder, Ehrhoff, Sbisa, and Greiss as their final additions to their 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.

This European team is made up of players who come from countries that don’t have their own team in the tournament. Basically meaning if they aren’t from Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic or Russia, but they are from Europe, they fall into this category. Countries that make up the 2016 edition of this team are France, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria and Norway. So plenty of players who haven’t had the opportunity to represent their countries at a high level of international play before will get to now.

While a player like Lars Eller would qualify for Team Europe, there are no members of the Montreal Canadiens on the Team Europe roster.

 

USA WCOH

Team USA name Backes, Callahan, Dubinsky, van Riemsdyk, E. Johnson, J. Johnson, and Niskanen in their final roster announcement.

A notable snub from this team is Phil Kessel, who has represented the United States on nine different occasions throughout his career so far. His absence from the team could possibly be credited to his “underachieving” 59 point regular season performance, which has then improved though to 18 points in 18 playoff games thus far.

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty was named to the team in their initial roster announcement, to bring some sniper power up front. Pacioretty has represented the Americans at the World Juniors, Olympics and World Championships, but he will be looking for his first ever international medal at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey this year after two 4th place and one 7th place finishes in the past.


GROUP B

Finland WCOH

Team Finland has announced their final seven additions to their 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster, highlighted by top 2016 NHL Draft prospect Patrik Laine.

After a strong World Juniors showing, Liiga playoffs MVP performance, and incredible World Championships outing, the projected first round pick Laine will get the chance to represent his country once again. World Juniors linemate Sebastian Aho also announced to the team. Notably, Erik Haula joins Minnesota Wild teammates Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu on the team.

The Montreal Canadiens do not have any representatives playing for Team Finland this coming September.

NAU23 WCOH

While Finland adds the likely 2nd overall pick Laine to their squad, Team North America U-23 has added likely 1st overall pick Auston Matthews to their team. Joining Matthews among the final additions will be Drouin, RNH, Scheifele, Gostisbehere, Parayko, and Trouba.

The North America U-23 team is similar to Team Europe in the fact that not everybody on the same team is from one country. But where it differs is everybody on the team is either a Canadian or American player under the age of 23.

Despite many believing that 30-goal scorer Alex Galchenyuk had a great chance to make the team, there will be no members of the Habs organization on the North American U-23 team when the tournament begins.

Russia WCOH

Like most teams, Russia already had their three goaltenders named. Unlike most teams, they still had to lock in four defencemen and three forwards as opposed to the other way around.

The Russian team took this opportunity to add some KHL players to the team, after their 16-man roster was an all-NHL team. Dadonov, Shipachyov, Telgin, and Voynov are among those KHL players. Slava Voynov will be an interesting situation as he is expected to have immigration issues on the attempt to enter Canada, and the NHL and NHLPA will have to convene in order to determine if they want the former NHL’er in an NHL-sanctioned event.

Alexei Emelin of the Montreal Canadiens was one of seven named to Russia today. The Hab is no stranger to international play, having played 53 career games on the Russian national team. Also, Andrei Markov was already named to the team on their first roster announcement. The Canadiens are lucky to be represented by two Habs on this roster.

Sweden WCOH

Team Sweden continues to stack their talented all-NHL player team with the additions of Hornqvist, Hagelin, Kruger, Silfverberg, Soderberg, Ekholm and Lehner.

Sweden is an early favourite to go deep in the tournament with star power coming from young players like Forsberg, Landeskog and Hedman for example, and veterans such as Zetterberg, Karlsson and Lundqvist. They have a good mix of experience and young speed.

The Swedish roster does not include any members of the Montreal Canadiens organization.


The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will take place from September 17, 2016 – October 1, 2016 in Toronto, ON, Canada. The Air Canada Centre – home to the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the host venue of the tournament. In Canada – Sportsnet and TVA own the rights to broadcast the tournament, while ESPN own the rights in the United States.

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  1. Another shot at PK

    Mike O'Brien May 27, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

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