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14 minutes ago, hckosice said:1 minute ago, Agger said:Really makes me happy to see this many danes on team Europe. But it will be hard for them. Barely any from the same teams and only Slovakia and Denmark have a decent numbers of players.I was sure to see at least 4-5 Danes in the team, There were absolutely no doubts about Andersen, he will be the goalie number 1 for sure, also Hansen and Boedker were a certitudewinked.gif.png who know this team can do something in this tournament, but still it´s a bit weird to see this team europe instead of normal national teams. IMO some countries could be allowed to play at least such qualification tournament or something. it would be a better solution, but well ...NHL and their money... It's not that I'm surprised ;)

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Preliminary Roster


The world found out who will make up the majority of the Team North America roster. Comprised of Under-23 players from Canada and the United States, the “Young Guns“ will feature some obvious names, including the No.1 and 2 draft picks from 2015, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

“This might be the only time we ever get to play with each other,“ said McDavid. “I think that’s pretty cool.”

"A lot of people don't expect too much from us, but we have the talent to surprise everyone."

Other notable names include Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings, and goaltenders John Gibson and Connor Hellebuyck, both USA veterans from the IIHF U18 and World Junior championships. 


:USA John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks, USA, NHL
:USA Connor Hellebuyck, Manitoba Moose – Winnipeg Jets hold NHL rights
:CAN Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins, USA, NHL


:CAN Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers, USA, NHL
:USA Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets, USA, NHL
:CAN Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets, USA, NHL
:CAN Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs, CAN, NHL


:CAN Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers, USA, NHL
:USA Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres, USA, NHL
:USA Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames, CAN, NHL
:USA Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings, USA, NHL
:CAN Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche, USA, NHL
:CAN Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers, CAN, NHL
:USA J.T. Miller, New York Rangers, USA, NHL
:CAN Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames, CAN, NHL
:USA Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets, USA, NHL

Head Coach: Todd McLellan

Edited by hckosice

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Preliminary Roster


The defending Olympic and World Champions took their first step to adding another title to the trophy case, as Team Canada announced the first 16 names to its 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.

“This has been a very extensive process which involved multiple face-to-face meetings and conference calls,” said general manager Doug Armstrong. “Some very difficult decisions had to be made to narrow down our selection to only 16 players, which is a testament to the depth of player talent in Canada."

"Our management group wanted to balance respecting the contributors to past Team Canada successes, as well as respecting the players that have emerged as top players in the NHL. We will use the NHL playoffs and the upcoming World Championship to make the final roster decisions in early June.”

There’s no lack of success among the first 16 players selected; in addition to 12 players who won gold at the Olympic Winter Games, and 11 who won gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship, the team boasts seven NHL team captains and eight Stanley Cup champions, five of whom are multi-time champions.

Four names that were not part of the past two Olympic teams include goaltenders Corey Crawford and Braden Holtby, and forwards Tyler Seguin and Steven Stamkos, who both have competed in past world championships.


Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks, USA, NHL
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals, USA, NHL
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens, CAN, NHL

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings, USA, NHL
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, USA, NHL
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks, USA, NHL

Shea Weber, Nashville Predators, USA, NHL

Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars, USA, NHL
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, USA, NHL

Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings, USA, NHL

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, CAN, NHL
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, USA, NHL
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars, USA, NHL
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, USA, NHL

John Tavares, NY Islanders, USA, NHL
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, USA, NHL

Head Coach: Mike Babcock


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Preliminary Roster


The United States named its first 16 players for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey tournament. 

The 1996 World Cup champions will bring 12 Olympians to the tournament in Toronto. The players represent 12 different National Hockey League Teams, and all players but Dustin Byfuglien have represented the U.S. in previous international competitions.

"We're excited about our team and this first group of players that we named tonight," said Dean Lombardi, general manager of Team USA and also the GM of the NHL's L.A. Kings.

"It's a challenge naming only 16 players, as an important part of our team is yet to be selected. We're confident this is the start of a group that will compliment each other really well and assume team roles that will lead to team success. These 16 players all excel in their compete level, overall skill and selflessness, which will be key components of our team."

The U.S. will reveal the remaining seven players of its 23-man roster (20 forwards/defencemen, 3 goaltenders) by June 1 as per the guidelines set forth by the NHL and NHLPA.



Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning, USA, NHL
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, USA, NHL
Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils, USA, NHL

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets, CAN, NHL
John Carlson, Washington Capitals, USA, NHL
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers, USA, NHL
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild, USA, NHL

Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings, USA, NHL
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, USA, NHL
Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks, USA, NHL
T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals, USA, NHL
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens, CAN, NHL
Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild, USA, NHL
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks, USA, NHL
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers, USA, NHL
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets, CAN, NHL

Head Coach:John Tortorella

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It's nice to see how this thread started with the most news about the senseless World Cup of Hockey...

and right now that we're just arrived to the best moment of the Hockey season...almost everywhere (apart from the NHL, which has a month and a half left in their regular season) it's play-offs time!

so, I'd like to take a while to talk about those European Leagues which already ended their regular season...

in the KHL, CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl dominated the field in the Western Conference and overall, meanwhile in the Eastern Conference Avangard Omsk narrowly beat Sibir Novosibirsk for the eastern title...

then, the play-offs started and the first round is also almost done, with CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, SKA St. Petersburg (disappointing during the RS, but able to defeat the second best team from the RS, Lokomotiv, with a clear result of 4 games to 1) and the surprising Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (4-2 over the no.2 seed and third best team from the RS, Jokerit Helsinki) advancing through to the Western Conference semifinals; on the other hand, in the East, Avangard Omsk and Sibir Novosibirsk are also through to the Conference semifinals, meanwhile the series Salavat Yulaev Ufa vs AK Bars Kazan and Metallurg Magnitogorsk vs Avtomobilist Ekaterinenburg are not over yet...

another Top European League that already ended their Regular Season is the Swiss NLA, with last year's runner-up ZSC Lions (Zürich) earning the honors in the first part of the championship...the play-offs are set to start tonight with a great match up between no.1 seed ZSC Lions and the team with the best attendance in Europe, SC Bern (that despite their super economical budget had another very disappointing RS...once again)...

in the Austrian Open league, EBEL, the usual suspect Red Bull Salzburg filled their contract in the RS...now let's see if they can confirm themselves also in the play-offs, which are running right now (round #1 is not over yet)...

all the other main European leagues, instead, have still another weekend of regular season to be played, so we will be back to make a summary in the next few days...


of course, any comment about the Ice Hockey European leagues is more than welcome...

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14 hours ago, stepansevs said:

Hi,When will it start this qualifications?


14 hours ago, Agger said:

September :)

from 1st to 4th of September, to be precise...;)


p.s. my 2 cents about those tournaments go on Belarus, Germany and Norway to qualify for the Games...

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Jerseys for World Cup revealed. as expected the one for Team Europe is atrocious,but still better than the jersey for north america team:lol:


Team Europe





Team Czech Republic



Team Russia



Team North America



Team Finland



Team Canada



Team USA



Team Sweden


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Also a special mention to Ľubomír Višňovský. officially retired:cry: another our legend gone :(

Visnovsky retires


Slovak World Champion played in four Olympics

Slovak defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky announced the end of his career after his team Slovan Bratislava had lost in the first playoff round of the Kontinental Hockey League against CSKA Moscow.

The 39-year-old played in the NHL from 2000 to 2015 for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and the New York Islanders but had to battle with back problems recently. He signed with Slovan Bratislava for this season and played 13 games notching ten points.

The 39-year-old became World Champion with Slovakia in 2002, represented his country in four Olympic Winter Games and ten World Championships.

In the NHL Visnovsky appeared in 883 NHL games registering 128 goals and 495 points. During the 2010/11 season he led all NHL defencemen in scoring with 68 points.

Visnovsky had his debut in professional ice hockey where his career ended, at Slovak Bratislava where he played in the top Slovak league as an 18-year-old six years before moving to the NHL.

During his junior years he also managed to play at U20 World Championships at three levels right after the country’s independence from the C-Pool in 1994 to the top-level World Juniors in Boston in 1996.

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I just can't wait for our frist game against the freaking NA U23 team :d   Although they have a lot of talent

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On 2.3.2016 at 0:14 AM, hckosice said:


Preliminary Roster


The initial 16 names for the roster of Team Europe, comprised of players from outside the other European nations competing in the World Cup, was released.

“It’s exciting to be a part of it,” said Swiss defenceman Roman Josi. “It’s a special situation with Team Europe…I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and I think we’re going to have a good team.”

Team Europe will not only be a mix of nations but also young and old. Along with experienced veterans like blueliners Zdeno Chara and Mark Streit, the team also named up and coming superstars including Swiss defenceman Roman Josi and talented German forward Leon Draisatl.



  • :DEN Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks, USA, NHL
  • :SVK Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders, USA, NHL


  • :SVK Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins, USA, NHL
  • :SUI Roman Josi, Nashville Predators, USA, NHL
  • :GER Dennis Seidenberg, Boston Bruins, USA, NHL
  • :SVK Andrej Sekera, Edmonton Oilers, CAN, NHL
  • :SUI Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers, USA, NHL


  • :DEN Mikkel Boedker, Colorado Avalanche, USA, NHL
  • :GER Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers, CAN, NHL
  • :DEN Jannick Hansen, Vancouver Canucks, CAN, NHL
  • :SVK Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks, USA, NHL
  • :SLO Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, USA, NHL
  • :DEN Frans Nielsen, New York Islanders, USA, NHL
  • :SVK Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings, USA, NHL
  • :AUT Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild, USA, NHL
  • :NOR Mats Zuccarello Aasen, New York Rangers, USA, NHL

Head Coach:
Ralph Krueger

Can i add 2 more Danish players from the KHL? :d:p 

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