Four Preds added to World Cup Rosters

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The World Cup of Hockey, an international tournament set to start September 17th, announced its preliminary team rosters throughout the day yesterday & some of Nashville’s best got the call.

Pekka Rinne (Team Finland), Filip Forsberg (Team Sweden), Shea Weber (Team Canada), and Roman Josi (Team Europe) will be representing their respective countries in this year’s tournament. Below is a full rundown of each team and its participants:

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TEAM USA
TEAM POSITION
Ben Bishop Lightning G
Jonathan Quick Kings G
Cory Schneider Devils G
Dustin Byfuglien Jets D
John Carlson Capitals D
Ryan McDonagh Rangers D
Ryan Suter Wild D
Justin Abdelkader Red Wings F
Patrick Kane Blackhawks F
Ryan Kesler Ducks F
T.J. Oshie Capitals F
Max Pacioretty Canadiens F
Zach Parise Wild F
Joe Pavelski Sharks F
Derek Stepan Rangers F
Blake Wheeler Jets F

 

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TEAM CANADA
TEAM POSITION
Corey Crawford Blackhawks G
Braden Holtby Capitals G
Carey Price Canadiens G
Drew Doughty Kings D
Duncan Keith Blackhawks D
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Sharks D
Shea Weber Predators D
Jamie Benn Stars F
Patrice Bergeron Bruins F
Jeff Carter Kings F
Sidney Crosby Penguins F
Ryan Getzlaf Ducks F
Tyler Seguin Stars F
Steven Stamkos Lightning F
John Tavares Islanders F
Johnathan Toews Blackhawks F

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TEAM RUSSIA
TEAM POSITION
Sergei Bobrovsky Blue Jackets G
Semyon Varlamov Avalanche G
Andrei Vasilevskiy Lightning G
Dmitry Kulikov Panthers D
Andrei Markov Canadiens D
Dmitry Orlov Capitals D
Artem Anisimov Blackhawks D
Pavel Datsyuk Red Wings F
Nikita Kucherov Lightning F
Nikolay Kulemin Islanders F
Evgeny Kuznetsov Capitals F
Evgeni Malkin Penguins F
Vladislav Namestnikov Lightning F
Alex Ovechkin Capitals F
Artemi Panarin Blackhawks F
Vladimir Tarasenko Blues F

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TEAM FINLAND
TEAM POSITION
Tuuka Rask Bruins G
Pekka Rinne Predators G
Olli Maatta Penguins D
Rasmus Ristolainen Sabres D
Sami Vatanen Ducks D
Esa Lindell Stars D
Mikko Koivu Wild F
Jori Lehtera Blues F
Aleksander Barkov Panthers F
Mikael Granlund Wild F
Jussi Jokinen Panthers F
Valtteri Filppula Lightning F
Leo Komarov Maple Leafs F
Joonas Donskoi Sharks F
Lauri Korpikoski Oilers F
Teuvo Teravainen Blackhawks F

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TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC
TEAM POSITION
Petr Mrazek Red Wings G
Michal Neuvirth Flyers G
Ondrej Pavelec Jets G
Radko Gudas Flyers D
Michal Kempny Avangard Omsk (KHL) D
Roman Polak Sharks D
Andrej Sustr Lightning D
Michael Frolik Flames F
Martin Hanzal Coyotes F
Tomas Hertl Sharks F
David Krejci Bruins F
Ondrej Palat Lightning F
David Pastrnak Bruins F
Tomas Plekanec Canadiens F
Vladimir Sobotka Avangard Omsk (KHL) F
Jakub Voracek Flyers F

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TEAM SWEDEN
TEAM POSITION
Henrik Lundqvist Rangers G
Jacob Markstrom Canucks G
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Coyotes D
Viktor Hedman Lightning D
Niklas Hjalmarsson Blackhawks D
Erik Karlsson Senators D
Niklas Kronwall Red Wings D
Anton Stralman Lightning D
Nicklas Backstrom Capitals F
Loui Eriksson Bruins F
Filip Forsberg Predators F
Gabriel Landeskog Avalanche F
Daniel Sedin Canucks F
Henrik Sedin Canucks F
Alexanders Steen Blues F
Henrik Zetterberg Red Wings F

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TEAM EUROPE
TEAM POSITION
Frederik Andersen Ducks (Denmark) G
Jaroslav Halak Rangers (Slovakia) G
Zdeno Chara Bruins (Slovakia) D
Roman Josi Predators (Switzerland) D
Dennis Seidenberg Bruins (Germany) D
Andrej Sekera Oilers (Slovakia) D
Mark Streit Flyers (Switzerland)
D
Mikkel Boedker Avalanche (Denmark) F
Leon Draisaitl Oilers (Germany) F
Jannik Hansen Canucks (Denmark) F
Marian Hossa Blackhawks (Slovakia) F
Anze Kopitar Kings (Slovenia) F
Frans Nielsen Islanders (Denmark) F
Tomas Tatar Red Wings (Slovakia) F
Thomas Vanek Wild (Austria) F
Mats Zuccarello Rangers (Norway) F

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TEAM NORTH AMERICA TEAM POSITION
John Gibson Ducks G
Connor Hellebuyck Manitoba Moose (AHL) G
Matthew Murray Penguins G
Aaron Ekblad Panthers D
Seth Jones Blue Jackets D
Ryan Murray Blue Jackets D
Morgan Reilly Maple Leafs
D
Sean Couturier Flyers F
Jack Eichel Sabres F
Johnny Gaudreau Flames F
Dylan Larkin Red Wings F
Nathan MacKinnon Avalanche F
Connor McDavid Oilers F
J.T. Miller Rangers F
Sean Monahan Wild (Austria) F
Mats Zuccarello Rangers (Norway) F

If you are confused by Team North America because there is already a Team Canada and Team USA, you aren’t alone. This new team consists of the top players from both the United States and Canada that are under the age of twenty-three.

The fun kicks off September 7th and runs through October 1st in Toronto. The final roster will be announced June 1st.

 

Shea Weber added to Team Canada Roster

BdZIk-bIAAE_eCSIf you follow any of our social media outlets, we mentioned Shea Weber being named to Team Canada but we neglected to add it here! My bad.

Any who, from the headline, you now know that Shea Weber will be representing both Canada and Nashville in the 2014 Winter Olympics. He, along with Roman Josi and Simon Moser will be the only Predators heading off to Sochi in February.

In the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Predators had six members represent their countries, which included:
Ryan Suter – USA – (Minnesota Wild)
Shea Weber – Canada
Martin Erat – Czech Republic (Washington Capitals)
Patric Hornqvist – Sweden
Marcel Goc – Germany (Florida Panthers)
Alexander Sulzer – Germany (Buffalo Sabres)

Don’t be put down by the number difference here, though. Out of the list above, the only other player besides Weber going to the Olympics this year is Ryan Suter. Heck, Germany isn’t even participating in this year’s Olympics; well, at least that we’ve found.

In regards to Patric Hornqvist’s snub by Sweden, he has been quoted as saying he is disappointed by the decision & Trotz has said he has “no idea what the Swedish team was thinking”. Honestly, we don’t either, except for the fact that Sweden is a powerhouse when it comes to producing talented hockey players. Hornqvist wasn’t the only talented Swede left off that Tre Kronor roster.

So, in a nutshell Preds fans, we’ve only been given three (one that may hardly know a.k.a. Moser), but be proud of those three! Congratulations to Josi, Weber, and Moser!

 

Predators seek Ice Time in IIHF World Championship

Roman Josi will hit the ice with Team Switzerland.

The playoffs and hopes of a Stanley Cup in Nashville are over for the Predators, but for some of the players, a chance at a championship isn’t quite over. As teams have slowly but surely been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL players have been packing up and heading to Europe to compete with their country’s national team for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit), Yevgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh) quickly joined up with Team Russia once eliminated, along with notable Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara joining Team Slovakia. Corey Perry (Anaheim), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Patrick Sharp (Chicago) and Alexandre Burrows (Vancouver) hopped aboard Team Canada, along with Jimmy Howard (Detroit) and Bobby Ryan (Anaheim) joining Team USA.

With sixteen countries represented, almost all have some support from an NHL player, minus France, Latvia, Italy, and Kazakhstan. If you’d like to check out who’s representing who, check out the IIHF website. However, since being eliminated on Monday night by the Phoenix Coyotes, members of the Nashville Predators have been stepping up for their respected national teams and continuing their time on the ice.

The rookies have proven they aren’t ready for off-season, with defenseman Roman Josi jumping on board with Team Switzerland and forward Craig Smith joining Team USA. Martin Erat is in the works with joining Team Czech Republic, along with Andrei and Sergei negotiating with Team Belarus. More Predators players are suspected to join their respected countries as the week goes on.

The IIHF World Championship tournament is going on now until May 20th, in both Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

Update: Just as we expected, another Predator has joined the IIHF for the World Championship. Patric Hornqvist has hopped on board with Team Sweden. We will keep you updated as new players join their country’s team.