Canada announces worlds roster

Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos will play for Canada at the worlds next month. (Ben Pelosse/QMI...

Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos will play for Canada at the worlds next month. (Ben Pelosse/QMI Agency/Files)

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Hockey Canada announced the country's first group of 22 players to participate in the world championship in Finland and Sweden this spring.

“We have received a great response from the players that we have approached, and we are very pleased with the roster that we have assembled to date,” said national men’s team executive director Steve Yzerman. “We look forward to getting together as a team in Stockholm on May 1 and preparing for the world championship.”

Forwards on the roster include Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux, Eric and Jordan Staal, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd, Matt Duchene, Jeff Skinner, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Ryan O’Reilly.

Defencemen Brian Campbell, Stephane Robidas, Justin Schultz, T.J. Brodie, Luke Schenn, Brenden Dillon and Jay Harrison were also named.

Phoneix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith and Devan Dubnyk of the Edmonton Oilers were also tabbed

In a surprise pick, Hockey Canada selected Michael Garnett of the KHL’s Traktor Chelyabinsk. In 36 games with Traktor, Garnett was 17-11-6 with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

Canada can add up to three more players before the conclusion of the tournament.


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