FILE - In this February 4, 2016, file photo, Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg, of Sweden, uncorks a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during overtime in an NHL hockey game in Denver.

The World Cup of Hockey will start on September 17, and the Americans will kick off the tournament against Team Europe. Thirteen (JustinAbdelkader, Ben Bishop, Ryan Kesler, Ryan McDonagh, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, T.J. Oshie, JonathanQuick, Derek Stepan, RyanSuter, Cory Schneider, Blake Wheeler) played NCAA Division I hockey ... I would expect him to be part of this team at the end of the day. "Jagr deserves a lot of respect from all of us". Kessel was the most notable name missing from the Team USA roster, but there is a chance he could be added in June when the rest of the roster spots are filled.

The Swedes are stocked with a balanced mix of veterans and youth.

Like Canada, Sweden also boast a deep blue line and loads of talent at the forward position where playmaker Nicklas Backstrom will be among a slew of offensive threats including twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Henrik Zetterberg and Alexander Steen. And then there's a crop of youngsters, such as Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog and Arizona defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Team Canada plans to include Carey Price in its quest to win a third straight best-on-best hockey tournament.

"He was upset that they'd just lost", Chiarelli said.

"I think we're committed to multiple tournaments on a regular schedule". You don't get too many opportunities to represent your country. He led the team in scoring as captain at the 2012 World Championship. It's a huge honor to be there and to wear the jersey.

The Jets meanwhile have fallen off a cliff this season as they have gone from a playoff team to one in the running for a lottery pick over the span of a calendar year and with Andrew Ladd now on the Blackhawks it'll be interesting to see what the ownership group does next. Pavel is in the twilight of his career, and his country gets to see the aging star potentially for one last time on the world stage. "That being said you still have to come back to your league and play properly and those guys have done that". The initial roster features five Slovakians, including Zdeno Chara, and has seven nations represented.

But the centerpiece of Wednesday's announcements was the unveiling of the preliminary team rosters, which included the first 16 players on each squad.

"New team, new logo with no history", Satan said. "We were much better through two periods defensively, and that was the foundation of what we had going".

Finland also announced a roster full of National Hockey League players, with forwards Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild and Jussi Jokinen of the Florida Panthers joining Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. "The plan was to establish an ongoing event, establish the brand, establish the identity and go forward with it". "For the players the World Cup is a huge thing. Their motivation is high and they all want to be part of the team".

Always a factor for the Americans in building a team for worldwide competition is whether to design it to face all competition or to measure up against archrival Canada.

"This has been a very extensive process which involved multiple face-to-face meetings and conference calls", said general manager Doug Armstrong. "I admire their lunch-bucket attitude". "I admire their tenacity".

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