Thursday, April 24, 2008

2008 world championship
Canada, U.S. rosters take shape

Here's a look at the Canadian and American rosters so far for next month's world championships:

Team USA
Goal: Craig Anderson, Robert Esche, Tim Thomas

Defence: Keith Ballard, Tom Gilbert, Tim Gleason, Matt Greene, Paul Martin, Mark Stuart, James Wisniewski

Forward: David Backes, David Booth, Dustin Brown, Adam Burish, Jeff Halpern, Pat Kane, Phil Kessel, Peter Mueller, Pat O'Sullivan, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford, Lee Stempniak

Coach: John Tortorella (Assistants: Mike Sullivan, Kurt Kleinendorst)
Management: Brian Burke, David Poile, Ray Shero, Don Waddell

Team Canada
Goal: Cam Ward, Pascal Leclaire, Mathieu Garon

Defence: Duncan Keith, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Brent Burns, Steve Staios, Ed Jovanovski

Forward: Derek Roy, Patrick Sharp, Eric Staal, Ray Whitney, Chris Kunitz, Dany Heatley, Jonathan Toews, Shane Doan, Jamal Mayers, Jason Chimera, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Sam Gagner, Jason Spezza

Coach: Ken Hitchcock (Assistants: Craig MacTavish, Mike Johnston, Pat Burns)
Management: Bob Nicholson, Steve Yzerman, Doug Armstrong, Luc Robitaille

Canada also has players joining the team for training: Logan Pyett, Kyle Turris, Cory Emmerton

Omissions of note from non-playoff teams:
(USA) Tkachuk, Guerin, Hainsey, Erik and Jack Johnson, Ryan Miller
(Canada) Boyes, Kariya, Horton, McDonald, Seabrook, Morris, Boyle

Things get going next Friday in Halifax and Quebec.



At 6:04 p.m., April 24, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Team USA

Wow. Interesting distribution. Ten guys from the WCHA, including five of the seven defensemen. Three from the ECAC, which is clearly the fourth strongest conference in the NCAA. I'm surprised that there's only one from the CCHA and none from Hockey East. Okay, I'm fudging it a bit, since Vermont is now in Hockey East, but was in the ECAC when Tim Thomas played there.

David Booth - Michigan State

Tim Thomas - Vermont
Jeff Halpern - Princeton
Lee Stempniak - Dartmouth

Keith Ballard - Minnesota
Tom Gilbert - Wisconsin
Matt Greene - North Dakota
Paul Martin - Minnesota
Mark Stuart - Colorado College
David Backes - Minnesota State
Adam Burish - Wisconsin
Phil Kessel - Minnesota
Zach Parise - North Dakota
Drew Stafford - North Dakota

At 6:13 p.m., April 24, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Team Canada is much more balanced, though still no Hockey East players.

Duncan Keith - Michigan State
Chris Kunitz - Ferris State
Jamal Mayers - Western Michigan

Patrick Sharp - Vermont
Martin St. Louis - Vermont

Dany Heatley - Wisconsin
Jonathan Toews - North Dakota

Same caveat about Sharp and St. Louis as with Tim Thomas.

At 6:33 p.m., April 24, 2008, Blogger andy grabia said...

Any word on whether Ovechkin will play for the Russians?

At 6:35 p.m., April 24, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

He's undecided so far; I believe he's talking it over with the Caps.

At 7:17 p.m., April 24, 2008, Anonymous treved said...

I think Ryan Kesler is a pretty big omission on the US side.

At 7:38 p.m., April 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Mike Cammalleri for Canada? He was on the winning team last year.

At 8:24 p.m., April 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Canada ices those FWs, and USA plays Robert Esche behind those Dmen, there ought to be a Royal Commission is Canada doesn't win 8-0.

At 8:40 p.m., April 24, 2008, Blogger Blitzen said...

I told you Spezza would be on the team.

At 10:20 p.m., April 24, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12:04 a.m., April 25, 2008, Blogger The Forechecker said...

The Preds announced that Dan Hamhuis is playing for Team Canada...

At 12:55 a.m., April 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see Esche playing.

At 8:32 a.m., April 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice score for Keinendorst, considering his AHL team went 2nd worst in the standings this season.

At 9:34 a.m., April 25, 2008, Anonymous peter said...

How is Pominville American? B. in Quebec, played in the Q etc. Didn't he grow up rooting for Team Canada? I understand this is a commonplace in intl sports, but I don't get the psychology.

At 10:04 a.m., April 25, 2008, Anonymous degroat said...

Brad Boyes' omission from Team Canada's roster is simply baffling.

At 1:26 p.m., April 25, 2008, Blogger GCFB said...

Pominville has dual citzenship. Never was asked by Team Canada but was by the US. So he accepted.

At 3:54 p.m., April 25, 2008, Blogger Cameron said...

I'm not baffled by the omission of Boyes so much as the one of Kariya.

Is their an unwritten story to why Kariya is so out of sorts with Hockey Canada? He gave organs and bone to the program all through his superstar years but gets no love now that he's over 30?

Is Jamal Mayers really a better fit for the team than Kariya? Really?

So what gives?

On the American side of the ledger the absence of Miller in net is noteworthy, especially in the case of Anderson. Wiesniewski over either of the Johnson's seems to me to be a mistake.

Overall the Americans look to be small but fast and skilled, and to lack both experience and size on the blueline.

In contrast the Canadians have a set of over-sized skill forwards in Getzlaf, Heatley, Staal and Nash who should be able to plow through checks by the Parise's and Stempniak's of the world.

On the downside, Canada's defense corps is being anchored by... Special Ed - so identifying our weakness isn't really difficult.

At 8:23 p.m., April 25, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

Over the last few years, Hockey Canada has been pretty good about keeping it quiet regarding which guys declined an invitation. It's quite possible that Kariya was asked, but declined.

At 11:24 a.m., April 29, 2008, Blogger therealdeal said...

You missed Eric Brewer on the notable ommissions list, I would say he is the biggest and most obvious.


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