Team Canada has dominated at the IIHF World Championships over the last two years, but the World Cup of Hockey will have a different collection of players coming together to compete for national pride.
This roster, finalized and announced on Friday afternoon, will have a bit more veteran voice.
Team Canada confirmed on Friday that San Jose Sharks veteran Joe Thornton – who is currently awaiting his Stanley Cup Final debut with the Pacific Division club next week – will head to the tournament to represent his country as a part of the final roster.
He’s joined by a couple of other veterans on the final roster, including Boston Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron (and his enigmatic long-time linemate Brad Marchand) and blue liner Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.
Maybe the most surprising thing, though, isn’t who was named – it’s who wasn’t named. Montreal Canadiens blue liner P.K. Subban, who finished his 2015-16 season with 51 points in 68 regular season games before missing the final few games with injury, is conspicuously absent from the lineup; as one of the NHL’s most offensively gifted defensemen, it’s hard not to be shocked by his exclusion from the roster.
The least surprising trio, though, has to be the goaltenders. With Corey Crawford, Braden Holtby, and Carey Price making up the three goaltenders nominated for the tournament, it’s hard to imagine anything but top-end talent standing in net for the roster this coming September.