Burrows rounds out Team Canada's roster
Terry Jones, QMI Agency
|Vancouver Canucks Maxim Lapierre, left, celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames with teammate Alex Burrows during the first period on March 31. With the Canucks eliminated from the NHL playoffs, Burrows has joined Team Canada for the World championships in Europe. (Ben Nelms, Reuters)
ZURICH - All seven Canadian teams are out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but six of them are represented on Team Canada after Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks became the final forward added to the roster for this year’s world championships.
The tournament opens May 4 in Helsinki.
Team Canada GM Kevin Lowe was waiting for a medical report on Boston Bruins’ Tyler Seguin, and Burrows was added after it was learned Seguin will need minor hand surgery.
“Everyone wanted to see Seguin,” Lowe said of the management group looking at this team with an eye to evaluating players on the big ice for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
“Burrows is the type of player every manager in this situation would want. He goes to the tough areas and can play the fancy game or the hard nose game.
“The only problem has been tracking down his gear. The Canucks sent it to his off-season home in Montreal, but nobody has been able to track it down yet.”
Team Canada features six players from Ontario, four from each of B.C. and Alberta, three from Saskatchewan, two from each of Manitoba and Quebec and one from Newfoundland.
There are three Edmonton Oilers, two Toronto Maple Leafs, two Winnipeg Jets and one player each from the Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.
The only remaining roster spot is for a third goaltender.Pending medical clearance, that will go to Matt Hackett, who played five games for ther Minnesota Wild this season.
Marc-Andre Fleury’s agent called to offer the services of the Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender, but Lowe said they weren’t prepared to break commitments made to Cam Ward and Devan Dubnyk.