Calgary, Alta – Hockey Canada has confirmed its roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, naming five Western Hockey League Alumni to the team among the 22 players selected to play for Canada at the tournament in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia from May 10-26, 2019.
Of those players representing Canada, the following began their major junior hockey careers in the WHL: goaltender Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett Silvertips), defencemen Damon Severson (Melville, Sask./Kelowna Rockers), and Shea Theodore (Langley, B.C./Seattle Thunderbirds), as well as forwards Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Kootenay ICE) and Mark Stone (Winnipeg, Man./Brandon Wheat Kings).
Teammates Theodore and Stone will be representing the Vegas Golden Knights, while Reinhart represents the Buffalo Sabres, Severson for the New Jersey Devils and Carter Hart for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The team will be managed by WHL Alumni Ron Hextall, who played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and Lindy Ruff, a former Lethbridge Broncos player, as an assistant coach. Additional WHL Alumni personnel include former Kamloops Blazers’ head coach Tom Renney, who serves as Team Canada’s CEO.
Canada begins the 2019 IIHF World Championship on Friday, May 10, against Finland and will later play Denmark, Great Britain, France, Germany, Slovakia and the United States in other preliminary-round games. The bronze and gold-medal games will be played on May 26 where Canada will look for its first gold medal since 2016.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners will carry 64 and 57 games, respectively; check local listings for details.
Team Canada has won gold at two of the last four IIHF World Championships, going undefeated during the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic and shutting out Finland in the gold-medal game in 2016 in Russia. Last year, Canada fell to the United States, 4-1, in the bronze-medal game in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 20 times – not counting the years when the Olympic Winter Games gold medallist was also considered world champion. Canada has also collected 12 silver and seven bronze medals in that timespan.
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