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World Cup comes calling

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
Tre Kronor will feature three Vancouver Canucks at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Team Sweden named its first 16 players Wednesday and both Daniel and Henrik Sedin made the cut, alongside Jacob Markstrom.

The 26-year-old goaltender didn’t want to look too far past the end of the regular season and helping the Canucks finish strong, but he said it’s 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.”

The only other Canucks player to earn a roster spot is Jannik Hansen, as part of Team Europe. Hansen, who did not practice Wednesday because of a rib injury and was therefore unavailable for comment, is likely as excited to compete as we are to watch him.

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