Seven Bruins named as 2016 World Cup of Hockey representatives
The Boston Bruins will be well represented in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey that will take place in the fall.
On Wednesday, the eight teams participating released 16 names in their initial 23-player rosters. Those squads will have until June 1 to finalize their depth charts for the first installment of the World Cup of Hockey since 2004.
Seven members of the 2015-16 Boston Bruins will serve their countries in the three-week tournament that begins inside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on September 17th. Here is a look at those representatives (all images by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily).
Team Sweden – Loui Eriksson
Team Finland – Tuukka Rask
Team Czech Republic – David Pastrnak and David Krejci
Team Europe – Zdeno Chara (Slovakia) and Dennis Seidenberg (Germany)
Team Canada – Patrice Bergeron
Brad Marchand, the team’s leading goal-scorer, is expected to compete for one of the final four spots on Team Canada. Notable snubs from the preliminary rosters include Canadiens superstar and resident Bruins villain P.K. Subban (Canada), Flyers forward Claude Giroux (Canada), Panthers winger and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic), Stars defenseman John Klinkberg (Sweden), former Bruin Dougie Hamilton (Team North America) and former BC Eagle Noah Hanafin (Team North America), just to name a few.
In addition to the rosters, Adidas revealed all eight jersey’s that will be worn during the three-week tournament:
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 3, 2016
This year’s format is divided into two groups — Group A and Group B. The winners and runners up of the two groups will advance to the four-team tournament with the winner of Group A facing off against the runner up of Group B and vise versa. The semifinals winners will commence in a best of three final to crown the champion of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.