CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced the addition of centre Tyson Jost (Kelowna, B.C./Colorado) to its roster for the 2018 IIHF World Championship, May 4-20 in Denmark.
Jost just finished his rookie campaign in the National Hockey League, registering 22 points, including 12 goals, in 65 games. Jost most recently competed for Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a silver medal. He also captained Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, and won a gold medal at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. His international experience also includes a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2015 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, and he competed at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and 2014 World Junior A Challenge.
Player selections are made by the management group for the 2018 IIHF World Championship – co-general managers Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal) and Martin Brodeur (Montreal/St. Louis), along with Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada – in consultation with the coaching staff consisting of head coach Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Calgary), associate coach Mike Yeo (North Bay, Ont./St. Louis), and assistant coach Bob Boughner (Windsor, Ont./Florida).
Seven of the players announced for this year’s team earned gold medals with Team Canada in either 2015 (Eberle, Ekblad, O’Reilly, Schenn) or 2016 (McDavid, Murray, O’Reilly), while three skated to a silver medal in 2017 (O’Reilly, Parayko, Schenn).
Canada is staging its pre-tournament camp in Riga, Latvia, and will play the Latvian national team in a pre-tournament game on Tuesday, May 1, at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.
Canada opens the 2018 IIHF World Championship on Friday, May 4, against the United States in Herning, Denmark. Preliminary-round games – which, for Canada, include action against the host Danes, Finland, Germany, South Korea, Latvia, and Norway - wrap up on May 15 with the bronze- and gold-medal games taking place on Sunday, May 20.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners will carry 64 and 31 games, respectively. TSN Radio will also broadcast all of Canada’s games; check your local listings for schedule and network details.
Team Canada has won gold at two of the last three IIHF World Championships, going undefeated during the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic and shutting out Finland in the gold-medal game in 2016 in Russia. Last year, Canada skated to silver after falling to Sweden in the gold-medal game in Cologne, Germany.
Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 20 times – not counting the years when the Olympic Winter Games gold medallist was also considered world champion. Canada has also collected 12 silver and six bronze medals in that timespan.
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