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World Cup Roster Additions Announced

by Ryan Boulding / Colorado Avalanche

Additional members of the Colorado Avalanche were added to rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey today, with a timed release revealing the final 23-man list for each club.

Swedish center Carl Soderberg was the first player to be added to a now-finalized squad.

Soderberg last represented Sweden in a major tournament at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship in North Dakota/Minnesota. He finished second on the team in goals (4) and points (6).

The 30-year-old finished his initial season with the Avalanche ranked first on the team in assists (39) and fourth in points (51), both of which were personal highs. He also led the Avs in short-handed time on ice (163 minutes), putting his skills as a penalty killer on display, and was one of five Colorado players to appear in all 82 games.

The 2015-16 campaign was Soderberg's third full year in the league, and his best since he made his NHL debut on April 20, 2013.

American defenseman Erik Johnson was the next addition, rounding out Team USA’s lineup for the competition.

Johnson last represented the U.S. at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he won a silver medal. He skated in all six games at the tournament, registering a goal and a plus-3 rating. The D-man also helped the United States win the bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded two goals and two assists while skating in all 10 games for his squad. Johnson’s four points tied him for second among USA blueliners.

He also appeared in all seven games for Team USA at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden, where he was named the tournament’s “Best Defenseman” after accruing a team-high 10 points (four goals, six assists). He also finished tied for first in points among all tournament players.

Last season, the 28-year-old rear guard finished second among Avalanche rear guards in goals (11) and points (27).

Canadian forward Matt Duchene was the last addition from the Avalanche, bringing the total number of selected Avs players headed to the World Cup to seven.

The 25-year-old native of Haliburton, Ontario, is fresh off winning a second consecutive gold medal for his nation at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia. Duchene finished the tournament ranked eighth in scoring with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 10 games, which included notching a goal and an assist in the final contest.

The forward also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, skating in four of Canada’s six contests, including the semifinal and gold medal games. He finished third among skaters in the tournament with a 70.6 faceoff percentage and was the youngest skater on the Canadian roster.

Duchene led the Avs in goals (30), game-winning tallies (6-tied) and points (59) last season. His 30 markers were a new career high and made him the first Colorado player to reach the mark since Joe Sakic (36) and Milan Hejduk (35) did it during the 2006-07 campaign.

The first group of Colorado players to be named to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey rosters were previously announced on Wednesday, March 2, when their respective teams released their preliminary lists.

Soderberg, Johnson and Duchene will join teammates Semyon Varlamov (Russia), Mikkel Boedker (Europe), Nathan MacKinnon (North America) and Gabriel Landeskog (Sweden) at the World Cup in September.

The tournament will feature two groups competing in a round robin before squaring off for the elimination rounds. Group A will feature teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, the U.S. and the rest of Europe. Group B will include teams from Russia, Finland, Sweden and North America. Team Europe will be comprised of the top players from nations outside of the four European countries competing in the tournament. Team North America will consist of North American-born players who will be 23 years old or younger as of Oct. 1, 2016.

The international tournament will take place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1. The top two finishers from each group will advance to a semifinal on Sept. 24-25. The remaining squads will then face off in a best-of-three final with games played on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1, if necessary.

All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto and will be televised on ESPN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

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