World Cup of Hockey Preview: Team Canada

Before training camps for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey begin on Monday, Sept. 5, we’ve started previewing the teams in the upcoming tournament. We started with Team USA. Now, let’s look at Team Canada.

Sidney Crosby will be the captain for Team Canada, which will compete in Group A. When rosters were announced, there were three Blackhawks players on the roster for Team Canada. However, Duncan Keith deciding to not play leaves Chicago’s players on the Canada roster at Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford. Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn has also left Canada’s roster.

Group A:
Team Canada
Team Czech Republic
Team Europe
Team USA

ROSTER

Forwards:
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

Defensemen:
Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues
Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens

Goaltenders:
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks

Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

All games played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. All times below are EST.

Round-Robin Schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 17 – Team Czech Republic @ Team Canada, 8 PM, ESPNEWS
Tuesday, Sept. 20 – Team Canada @ Team USA, 8 PM, ESPN
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – Team Europe @ Team Canada, 8 PM, ESPN2

As we noted in our Team USA preview, the top two teams from the round robin advance to the semifinals, which will be single elimination on Sept. 24-25. The final round is a best of three series with games being played between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1.

5 thoughts on “World Cup of Hockey Preview: Team Canada

  1. Call me crazy. But I am hoping that with Keith out and Seabrook not on the roster, our Hawks “core” plays the minimal amount of hockey possible so as not to be exhausted in April and beyond.

    Looking at the schedule, I realize that is pretty unrealistic. Canada will likely be in it until the end. So Toews will likely play 6 or 7 games. Same with Kane and USA.

    I would like Nik H. And Kruger to have a quick tournament, perhaps round robin and out.

    Anisimov and Panerin will probably get 4 games, round robin plus semis.

    Pokka and Kempny could use the experience. Actually the more high level hockey these two play the better.

    Obviously the more games played, the higher the probability of injury.

  2. I agree with Craig. This is a marketing event. I would be happy to see our key guys play as little as possible.

  3. Relax and enjoy the event-wow!
    Toews and Kane will be playing hard as their pride extends beyond the NHL crest.

    And yes the getting hurt thing is real just like training in the gym or getting out of bed in the morning.

  4. I don’t think we need to worry about team USA going very far so Kane should not get too many miles on his tread.

  5. In Group A, it’s Canada and three other teams imo. Any one of the other 3 could come out, and I’m w/ Craig that best case scenario for the Hawks is Team Czech advances to keep Kane, Hossa off the ice. That being said, I would also like to get Kempny into camp working with the Hawks’ coaches sooner than later, so it’s not a clear winning proposition for the Hawks. I’m not thrilled w/ the US roster and wouldn’t be surprised if they played 3 games and went home.

    From Group B, I think Craig is selling Sweden WAY short. I expect them to compete for a title in this tournament. Russia will obviously be good and the wild card in the entire thing is Team North America w/ the kids – could be the most exciting team in the tournament, and the best marketing gimmick the NHL has had since they last expanded. So many really good young players on that team… scary good.

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