Eight members of the Ducks organization are participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which officially begins with round-robin play tomorrow (U.S. vs Europe, 12:30 PT on ESPN2 & Canada vs. Czech Republic, 5 p.m. PT on ESPNEWS). The Ducks are represented by seven players from five teams, along with Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray (Assistant GM, Canada). Players include Ryan Getzlaf
and Corey Perry
(Canada), Ryan Kesler
(United States), Hampus Lindholm
and Jakob Silfverberg
(Sweden), Sami Vatanen
(Finland) & John Gibson
(North America). Rickard Rakell
was scheduled to play for Sweden, but is out due to illness.
Following are bios covering the international careers of all eight members of the Ducks involved in the tournament:
Ryan Getzlaf, Canada: A two-time Olympic gold-medal winner (2010 & 2014), Getzlaf also won gold at the 2005 World Junior Championship, leading the tournament in assists (9) and finishing second in points (3-9=12 points in six games). Getzlaf also won a silver medal at the 2008 World Championship, where he led the tournament in assists (11). Getzlaf helped Canada win gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics, scoring 3-4=7 points in seven contests, including 1-2=3 points in Canada’s 7-3 win over Russia in the quarterfinals.
Corey Perry, Canada: Is already just the second player in hockey history to win five separate major international trophies, joining Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer. Along with the “Triple Gold Membership” comprised of the Olympic gold (2010, 2014), World Championship gold (2016), and a Stanley Cup championship (2007 with Anaheim), Perry also won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship (2005) and captured the 2005 Memorial Cup (London). Niedermayer also won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey with Canada – giving him six such trophies (which Perry can now match). At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Perry notched 4-1=5 points with a +3 rating in seven contests, ranking tied for second in goals for the tournament, including Canada’s second marker in the Gold medal game. Perry captained Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship, scoring 4-5=9 points in 10 games.
Ryan Kesler, United States: Kesler has represented Team USA at the last two Olympic games, scoring a combined 3-3=6 points with a +11 rating in 12 contests and winning silver at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Kesler also represented Team USA at the 2002 U18 World Junior Championship and 2004 World Junior Championship, winning gold on both occasions.
Sami Vatanen, Finland: Vatanen most recently represented Team Finland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, leading all Olympic defensemen and ranking second amongst all players in assists (5), helping Finland win a bronze medal. Vatanen also represented Finland at the 2010 and 2011World Junior Championship, scoring a combined 2-7=9 points with a +9 rating in 12 contests. Vatanen also captained Team Finland to a bronze medal at the U18 World Junior Championship in 2009.
Hampus Lindholm, Sweden: Lindholm represented Team Sweden at the U18 World Junior Championship in 2012, leading Sweden’s defensemen with 0-4=4 points in six contests on the way to earning bronze. Lindholm was unable to participate in the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship due to injury.
Jakob Silfverberg, Sweden: Silfverberg has represented Sweden on six previous occasions, most recently winning silver at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2011 World Championship. Silfverberg also represented Team Sweden at the 2008 U18 World Junior Championship and 2010 U20 World Junior Championship (bronze), scoring a combined 4-4=8 points in 10 contests.
John Gibson, North America: Gibson joins Team North America, comprised of players that are age 23-or younger from the United States & Canada. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Gibson has represented the United States on four previous occasions, most recently at the 2013 U20 World Junior Championship and World Championship. Gibson led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior championship and was named tournament MVP. He led all goaltenders with a 1.36 goals against average and .955 save percentage en route to gold. Gibson also won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship.
Bob Murray, Canada: Is representing Canada as an executive for the second time in his career, having been named Assistant General Manager in June, 2015. He also served as an Assistant General Manager at the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. As the Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager, he was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2013-14 and is a three-time finalist for the honor.