Preliminary Rosters Announced For 2016 World Cup Of Hockey

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The six federations and two conglomerate squads participating at September’s World Cup Of Hockey today announced their preliminary 16 man rosters, with the final seven spots each to be filled by 1 June.

For the most part the rosters remained true to predictions dating back as far as last year, although there were some notable omissions in the first announcement, including Phil Kessel (USA), P.K. Subban (Canada) and John Klingberg (Sweden). Additionally, Jaromír Jágr was not named to the initial Czech roster, as the seemingly immortal 43-year old remains undecided on whether he would want to join the national team, as he announced his retirement from the team after the World Championships in May.

Additionally, only two KHL players were named in the initial announcement, and surprisingly none were on the Russian squad, but rather the Czech team. From the NHL side, the Tampa Bay Lightning led the league with the most players named to World Cup teams, with 10 representatives attending in September, followed by Chicago with nine and Detroit with eight.

The preliminary lineups for the eight participating teams at the 2016 World Cup Of Hockey, with their current team noted in parentheses (with KHL players marked with an asterisk), are as follows:

GROUP A GROUP B
🇨🇦 CANADA
Jamie Benn, F (DAL)
Patrice Bergeron, F (BOS)
Jeff Carter, F (LAK)
Corey Crawford, G (CHI)
Sidney Crosby, F (PIT)
Drew Doughty, D (LAK)
Ryan Getzlaf, F (ANH)
Braden Holtby, G (WSH)
Duncan Keith, D (CHI)
Carey Price, G (MTL)
Tyler Seguin, F (DAL)
Steven Stamkos, F (TBL)
John Tavares, F (NYI)
Jonathan Toews, F (CHI)
Marc-Édouard Vlasic, D (SJS)
Shea Weber, D (NSH)
🇫🇮 FINLAND
Alexander Barkov, F (FLA)
Joonas Donskoi, F (SJS)
Valtteri Filppula, F (TBL)
Mikael Granlund, F (MIN)
Jussi Jokinen, F (FLA)
Mikko Koivu, F (MIN)
Leo Komarov, F (TOR)
Lauri Korpikoski, F (EDM)
Jori Lehterä, F (STL)
Esa Lindell, D (DAL)
Olli Määttä, D (PIT)
Tuukka Rask, G (BOS)
Pekka Rinne, G (NSH)
Rasmus Ristolainen, D (BUF)
Teuvo Teräväinen, F (CHI)
Sami Vatanen, D (ANH)
🇨🇿 CZECHIA
Michael Frolík, F (CGY)
Radko Gudas, D (PHI)
Martin Hanzal, F (ARZ)
Tomáš Hertl, F (SJS)
Michal Kempný, D (AVG)*
David Krejčí, F (BOS)
Petr Mrázek, G (DET)
Michal Neuvirth, G (PHI)
Ondřej Palát, F (TBL)
David Pastrňák, F (BOS)
Ondřej Pavelec, G (WPG)
Tomáš Plekanec, F (MTL)
Roman Polák, D (SJS)
Vladimír Sobotka, F (AVG)*
Andrej Šustr, D (TBL)
Jakub Voráček, F (PHI)
🇨🇦🇺🇸 NORTH AMERICA
🇨🇦 Sean Couturier, F (PHI)
🇺🇸 Jack Eichel, F (BUF)
🇨🇦 Aaron Ekblad, D (FLA)
🇺🇸 Johnny Gaudreau, F (CGY)
🇺🇸 John Gibson, G (ANH)
🇺🇸 Connor Hellebuyck, G (WPG)
🇺🇸 Seth Jones, D (CLB)
🇺🇸 Dylan Larkin, F (DET)
🇨🇦 Nathan MacKinnon, F (COL)
🇨🇦 Connor McDavid, F (EDM)
🇺🇸 J.T. Miller, F (NYR)
🇨🇦 Sean Monahan, F (CGY)
🇨🇦 Matt Murray, G (PIT)
🇨🇦 Ryan Murray, D (CLB)
🇨🇦 Morgan Rielly, D (TOR)
🇺🇸 Brandon Saad, F (CLB)
🇪🇺 EUROPE
🇩🇰 Frederik Andersen, G (ANH)
🇩🇰 Mikkel Bødker, F (COL)
🇸🇰 Zdeno Chára, D (BOS)
🇩🇪 Leon Draisaitl, F (EDM)
🇸🇰 Jaroslav Halák, G (NYI)
🇩🇰 Jannik Hansen, F (VAN)
🇸🇰 Marián Hossa, F (CHI)
🇨🇭 Roman Josi, D (NSH)
🇸🇮 Anže Kopitar, F (LAK)
🇩🇰 Frans Nielsen, F (NYI)
🇩🇪
Dennis Seidenberg, D (BOS)
🇸🇰 Andrej Sekera, D (EDM)
🇨🇭 Mark Streit, D (PHI)
🇸🇰 Tomáš Tatar, F (DET)
🇦🇹 Thomas Vanek, F (MIN)
🇳🇴 Mats Zuccarello, F (NYR)
🇷🇺 RUSSIA
Artyom Anisimov, F (CHI)
Sergei Bobrovski, G (CLB)
Pavel Datsyuk, F (DET)
Nikita Kucherov, F (TBL)
Dmitri Kulikov, D 
(FLA)
Nikolai Kulyomin, F (NYI)
Yevgeni Kuznetsov, F (WSH)
Yevgeni Malkin, F (PIT)
Andrei Markov, D (MTL)
Vladislav Namestnikov, F (TBL)
Dmitri Orlov, D (WSH)
Alexander Ovechkin, F (WSH)
Artemi Panarin, F (CHI)
Vladimir Tarasenko, F (STL)
Semyon Varlamov, G (COL)
Andrei Vasilevski, G (TBL)
🇺🇸 UNITED STATES
Justin Abdelkader, F (DET)
Ben Bishop, G (TBL)
Dustin Byfuglien, D (WPG)
John Carlson, D (WSH)
Patrick Kane, F (CHI)
Ryan Kesler, F (ANH)
Ryan McDonagh, D (NYR)
T.J. Oshie, F (WSH)
Max Pacioretty, F (MTL)
Zach Parise, F (MIN)
Joe Pavelski, F (SJS)
Jonathan Quick, G (LAK)
Cory Schneider, G (NJD)
Derek Stepan, F (NYR)
Ryan Suter, D (MIN)
Blake Wheeler, F (WPG)
🇸🇪 SWEDEN
Nicklas Bäckström, F (WSH)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D (ARZ)
Loui Eriksson, F (BOS)
Filip Forsberg, F (NSH)
Victor Hedman, D (TBL)
Niklas Hjalmarsson, D (CHI)
Erik Karlsson, D (OTT)
Niklas Kronwall, D (DET)
Gabriel Landeskog, F (COL)
Henrik Lundqvist, G (NYR)
Jacob Markström, G (VAN)
Daniel Sedin, F (VAN)
Henrik Sedin, F (VAN)
Alexander Steen, F (STL)
Anton Strålman, D (TBL)
Henrik Zetterberg, F (DET)

Just six months away until the big dance begins in Toronto!

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