Canada’s roster for the IIHF world hockey championship is nearly set after nine additions were announced yesterday.
Anaheim Ducks leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf and Ottawa Senators linemates Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza highlighted the latest wave of players added for the worlds, which take place in Halifax and Quebec City from May 2 to 18.
Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz was the other forward added, while blue-liners Brent Burns of the Minnesota Wild and Ed Jovanovski of the Phoenix Coyotes and goaltender Mathieu Garon of the Edmonton Oilers round out the regulars on the roster.
“It’s a good team and we’re looking forward to getting into Halifax and starting up,” assistant general manager Doug Armstrong said. “We think this team’s going to represent Canada really well.”
Oilers rookie forward Sam Gagner and defenceman Mark Giordano, who played for Moscow Dynamo of the Russian Super League this season, will serve as alternates.
In other news, Boston Bruins teenage sharpshooter Phil Kessel was among four additions to the U.S. squad, while Wild star Marian Gaborik will not play for Slovakia due to a hip injury.