Spring is heaven for hockey fans with the Stanley Cup Playoffs going all-out, and the IIHF World Championship from May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.
Updated: April 30, 2015
There are now 23 players named, the Avs lead the way with four players representing Canada. There are three of each from the Kings, Stars, and Flyers. With Pittsburgh eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sidney Crosby was added on April 26th. The youngest player is Aaron Ekblad, who turned 19 on February 7th and is coming off an outstanding rookie season with the Florida Panthers. At 33, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is the oldest. Hockey Canada may name up to 22 skaters and three goaltenders, therefore they have room for one more skater, and one goaltender.
Who will play for Canada? (As of April 26)
Martin Jones, 25 (North Vancouver, BC) – Los Angeles Kings
Mike Smith, 33 (Kingston, ON) – Arizona Coyotes
Tyson Barrie, 23 (Victoria, BC) – Colorado Avalanche
Brent Burns, 30 (Barrie, ON) – San Jose Sharks
Aaron Ekblad, 19 (Windsor, ON) – Florida Panthers
Dan Hamuis, 32 (Smithers, BC) – Vancouver Canucks
Jake Muzzin, 26 (Woodstock, ON) – Los Angeles Kings
David Savard, 24 (St. Hyacinthe, QC) – Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrick Wiercioch, 24 (Burnaby, BC) – Ottawa Senators
Sean Couturier, 22, (Bathurst, NB) – Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, 27, (Cole Harbour, NS) – Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Duchene, 24 (Haliburton, ON) – Colorado Avalanche
Cody Eakin, 23 (Winnipeg, MB) – Dallas Stars
Jordan Eberle, 25 (Regina, SK) – Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Ennis, 25 (Edmonton, AB) – Buffalo Sabres
Claude Giroux, 27 (Hearst, ON) – Philadelphia Flyers
Taylor Hall, 23 (Calgary, AB) – Edmonton Oilers
Nathan MacKinnon, 19 (Cole Harbour, NS) – Colorado Avalanche
Ryan O’Reilly, 24 (Clinton, ON) – Colorado Avalanche
Brayden Schenn, 23 (Saskatoon, SK) – Philadelphia Flyers
Tyler Seguin, 23 (Brampton, ON) – Dallas Stars
Jason Spezza, 31 (Toronto, ON) – Dallas Stars
Tyler Toffoli, 23 (Scarborough, ON) – Los Angeles Kings
Coaching staff: Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, Bill Peters, and Jay Woodcroft.
General Manager: Jim Nill
When does Canada play?
The full schedule for the 16-team tournament held in Prague and Ostrava can be found here, but Canada’s Group A schedule is:
May 1 vs. LAT – 10:15 am ET
May 3 vs. GER – 10:15 am ET
May 4 vs. CZE – 2:15 pm ET
May 6 vs. SWE – 2:15 pm ET
May 9 vs. FRA – 6:15 am ET
May 10 vs. SUI – 2:15 pm ET
May 12 vs. AUT – 6:15 am ET
All games will be broadcast on TSN.
The top-4 teams from each 8-team group qualify for quarterfinals on May 14th. Semis are May 16th with the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday, May 17th.
Canada’s last World Championship title was in 2007, with the most recent medals being back-to-back silvers in 2008 and 2009.