CALGARY, Alta. –
The first 18 players announced to the Team Canada roster for the 2017 IIHF
World Championship have collectively amassed international hardware from
some of the game’s marquee events, including the IIHF World Junior
Championship, IIHF World Championship, and Olympic Winter Games.
Following the conclusion of the NHL regular season, Hockey Canada has confirmed
the following players will be suiting up for their country next month:
- In goal, Eric Comrie (Edmonton/Winnipeg, NHL) and Calvin Pickard
- Defencemen Tyson Barrie (Victoria, B.C./Colorado, NHL), Calvin de Haan
(Carp, Ont./New York Islanders, NHL), Jason Demers (Dorval, Que./Florida,
NHL), Michael Matheson (Pointe-Claire, Que./Florida, NHL), and Josh
Morrissey (Calgary/Winnipeg, NHL);
- And forwards Sean Couturier (Bathurst, N.B./Philadelphia, NHL), Matt
Duchene (Haliburton, Ont./Colorado, NHL), Claude Giroux (Hearst,
Ont./Philadelphia, NHL), Alex Killorn (Beaconsfield, Que./Tampa Bay, NHL),
Travis Konecny (Clachan, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL), Ryan O’Reilly (Varna,
Ont./Buffalo, NHL), Nathan MacKinnon (Cole Harbour, N.S./Colorado, NHL),
Brayden Point (Calgary/Tampa Bay, NHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener,
Ont./Winnipeg, NHL), Wayne Simmonds (Scarborough, Ont./Philadelphia, NHL),
and Jeff Skinner (Toronto/Carolina, NHL).
The player selections were made by the Team Canada management group
– general manager Ron Hextall (Brandon, Man./Philadelphia, NHL); assistant
general manager Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL); director of
player personnel Larry Carrière (Montreal/Montreal, NHL); and Scott Salmond
(Creston, B.C.), vice-president of hockey operations and national teams
with Hockey Canada – with input from the
coaching staff, which comprises head coach Jon Cooper (Prince George, B.C./Tampa Bay,
NHL), Gerard Gallant (Summerside, P.E.I./Vegas, NHL), Dave Hakstol
(Warburg, Alta./Philadelphia, NHL), and Dave King (Saskatoon, Sask.).
“It’s always special when you get to represent your country, and you can
see it from the quality of our initial list of players who will join us at
worlds,” said Hextall. “Between them, these players have made 17
appearances at this very event, including nine players who’ve come away as
gold-medallists for Canada, and they can play a big role in helping set the
tone for this team. Our coaches have a lot to work with, and we will be
ready to ice a competitive team in Paris for our opening game on May 5.”
Of the first 18 players named to the
roster, five were part of the team that captured gold at the 2016 IIHF World
Championship (Pickard, Matheson, Duchene, O’Reilly, Scheifele), six were
selected to play at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (Team Canada – Duchene,
Giroux, O’Reilly; Team North America – Couturier, MacKinnon, Scheifele),
and six won gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (Barrie,
Couturier, Duchene, Giroux, O’Reilly, MacKinnon).
Team Canada hits the ice in Geneva, Switzerland, for a
pre-tournament camp, which includes a tune-up game on May 2 against the Swiss.
Canada opens the
2017 IIHF World Championship
against the Czech Republic on Friday, May 5, with preliminary-round games
scheduled through Tuesday, May 16. The bronze- and gold-medal games will
take place on Sunday, May 21.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will carry 64 and
32 games respectively; schedules and network information can be found at
Team Canada has won gold at the last two IIHF World Championships, going
undefeated during the 2015 tournament, and blanking Finland 2-0 in the
gold-medal game in 2016.
Since 1931, Canada was won the world championship 20 times – not counting
the years when Olympic Winter Games champions were also considered world
champion. The country has also collected 11 silver medals and six bronze in
For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team, please visit
or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.