The United States and Canada have announced their World Cup of Hockey rosters, and three Sharks are on the list.
Brent Burns, Joe Thornton, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic will be representing Canada. Both Thornton and Burns were named to the roster today, which implies their play during the latter half of the NHL season impressed the Canadian coaches enough to put them on the team. The most notable snub for Canada is defenseman PK Subban, who was left off the roster while Jake Muzzin made the cut. I don't understand the logic behind that decision.
Canada's full roster:
Joe Pavelski is the only Shark to be named to Team USA, and he is certainly well-deserving. Team USA management has decided to leave Phil Kessel, arguably the best American forward right now, off their roster. USA still has a strong lineup in spite of this snub, but it doesn't make any sense. Would you choose Ryan Callahan over Kessel after watching the Penguins - Lightning series? I sure wouldn't.
USA's full roster:
Tomas Hertl and Roman Polak both were named to the Czech Republic squad.
Team North America and Team Europe also announced rosters today, but no Sharks made the cut. Team North America is made up of Canadian and American players 23 years old and younger, while Team Europe is made up of players from European countries that do not have their own full team in the tournament. Auston Matthews, who will likely be a Toronto Maple Leaf before the World Cup starts, is the youngest player in the tournament and will be playing for Team North America.
Team North America's full roster:
Team Europe's full roster:
The World Cup of Hockey will begin on September 17th in Toronto.