World Cup of Hockey roster: Team North America – ESPN (blog)

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From the official release by the NHL and NHLPA.


TORONTO (March 2, 2016) – The Team North America management staff announced today the initial 16 players to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

The top hockey players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016 are available for selection exclusively by Team North America.

Named to Team North America are:

G John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

G Connor Hellebuyck, Manitoba Moose – Winnipeg Jets hold NHL rights

G Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

D Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers

D Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets

D Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets

D Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs

F Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres

F Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

F Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings

F Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

F Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

F J.T. Miller, New York Rangers

F Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

F Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets

Team North America’s management staff was appointed by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), and consists of General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers), Director of Operations Ryan Jankowski, Adam Graves (Special Assistant to the General Managers), Pat Verbeek (Director of Player Personnel) and Paul Fenton (Director of Player Personnel).

Eight teams — Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America — will compete in the two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs.

All eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are announcing their rosters of at least 16 players today. The announcement schedule for remaining teams (all times Eastern):

Team Canada: 6:05 p.m.

Team USA: 6:45 p.m.

Each of the eight teams will have a tournament roster of 23 players:

20 skaters and three goaltenders. The balance of each team’s roster will be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 is a joint effort of the NHL and the NHLPA, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America, a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

The top two finishers in each of Group A and Group B will advance to the Semifinals (Sept. 24-25), where each qualifier will face an elimination game against a team from the other Group. The two Semifinal winners will meet in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.

Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and ESPN in the United States. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

World Cup of Hockey roster: Team North America – ESPN (blog)

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