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Sbisa joins Canucks World Cup crew

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
You can add Luca Sbisa to the list of Canucks taking part in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The 26-year-old defenceman was named to Team Europe Friday, when the eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey announced their final roster selections.

Sbisa has represented Switzerland on the international stage in a number of tournaments, including the Winter Olympic Games in 2010, as well as the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2008 and 2010.

Joining Sbisa on Team Europe is Jannik Hansen, who has represented Denmark 13 times internationally since 2002, most recently at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia.

The Canucks have three other players set to compete in the World Cup of Hockey, all for Tre Kronor.

Daniel and Henrik Sedin made the cut for Team Sweden, alongside Jacob Markstrom.

The 26-year-old goaltender, coming off a disappointing showing for Team Sweden at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, said it’s always an honour to play for his country.

Markstrom is no stranger to donning Sweden’s blue and yellow having competed at both the World Championships in 2010 and 2013 and the World Junior Championships in 2009 and 2010.

He’ll share the net with veteran netminder Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers and on top of everything else, Markstrom said spending time with one of the NHL’s greats will be special.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things, I’ve got friends who have played with him,” said Markstrom. “His work ethic and the way he works and approaches the game of hockey on and off the ice is on another level. It’s going to be great to see that firsthand.”

The Sedins are also familiar with international competition having represented Sweden on 12 different occasions each. Daniel competed most recently at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics when Sweden finished second; Henrik was forced to withdraw because of hand and rib injures.

"We have such an offensive team, I'm looking forward to it,” said Daniel Sedin, who was happier for teammate Markstrom than anyone else.

“He's taken so many steps since he came up here, it's great for him to make this team.”

Eight teams - Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America - will compete in the two-week tournament from September 17th to October 1st, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL. All tournament games will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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