CALGARY, Alta.– Rob Blake, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team, announced Thursday, in collaboration with Hockey Canada, a first group of 20 players for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be held May 9-25, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus.
Blake is working with a management group comprised of Ron Hextall (Brandon, Man./Philadelphia, NHL), Brad Treliving (Penticton, B.C./Phoenix, NHL) and Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C.). The management group has been monitoring the final weeks of the NHL regular season, and scouting players that are available to represent Canada at the world championship.
“We are excited about the first group of players that have committed to representing Canada at the world championship,” said Blake. “We have a good mix of experience and youth at both the professional and international level.”
Fifteen of the twenty players named by Hockey Canada have previous international experience, with five players (Burrows, Chimera, Methot, Myers, Reimer) who represented Canada at previous IIHF World Championships. Chimera won gold at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Russia. (NOTE- Turris also skated as an alternate player with Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Championship). Kevin Bieksa, Troy Brouwer, Jason Garrison, Ben Scrivens and Joel Ward will be representing Canada on the international stage for the first time.
Over the past week, Blake has confirmed the following 20 players:
James Reimer Morweena, Man. Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Ben Scrivens Spruce Grove, B.C. Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Kevin Bieksa Elmira, Ont. Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Ryan Ellis Freelton, Ont. Nashville Predators (NHL)
Jason Garrison White Rock, B.C. Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Erik Gudbranson Ottawa, Ont. Florida Panthers (NHL)
Marc Methot Ottawa, Ont. Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Tyler Myers Calgary, Alta. Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Morgan Rielly West Vancouver, B.C. Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Troy Brouwer Vancouver, B.C. Washington Capitals (NHL)
Alexandre Burrows Pincourt, Que. Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Jason Chimera Edmonton, Alta. Washington Capitals (NHL)
Cody Hodgson Markham, Ont. Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Jonathan Huberdeau St-Jérôme, Que. Florida Panthers (NHL)
Nazem Kadri London, Ont. Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Sean Monahan Brampton, Ont. Calgary Flames (NHL)
David Perron Sherbrooke, Que. Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Mark Scheifele Kitchener, Ont. Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Kyle Turris New Westminster, B.C. Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Joel Ward North York, Ont. Washington Capitals (NHL)
Canada can add players, including players eliminated during the Stanley Cup playoffs, but can only register 25 players, including three goaltenders, on its official roster.
For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Team and the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.