Steven Stamkos is the biggest name on Canada’s roster for the men’s world hockey championship.
Canada announced the names of 22 players committed to its 25-man roster on Sunday. The team included 11 players with experience at the tournament.
Stamkos will be the centrepiece of the offence after finishing second in the NHL in goals (29) and points scored (57) in 48 regular season games. He won the Maurice Richard trophy in 2010 and 2012 as the league’s leading goal-scorer.
Also joining Canada are four Edmonton Oilers including Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, defenceman Justin Schultz and goaltender Devan Dubnyk.
Schultz is among six players making his international debut for Canada. Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith will also be wearing the Maple Leaf for the first time when the tournament starts Friday in Helsinki and Stockholm.
“We have a received a great response from the players that we have approached, and we are very pleased with the roster that we have assembled to date,” said national men’s team executive director Steve Yzerman in a statement. “We look forward to getting together as a team in Stockholm on May 1 and preparing for the world championship.”
The Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers are also contributing four players each to Canada’s team. The Hurricanes top-three forwards, Jordan and Eric Staal as well as Jeff Skinner, are on the roster.
Flyers forward Claude Giroux and defenceman Luke Schenn are also returning to the tournament.
Lindy Ruff will serve as head coach along with assistants Doug Shedden, Dave Tippett and Barry Trotz.
Canada opens preliminary round play against Denmark on Saturday. Canada hasn’t won a medal at the tournament since taking silver in 2009, and finished fifth in 2012.
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