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Five Players from Ducks Named to World Cup of Hockey 2016 Rosters

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks today had five players named to rosters for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Among the announcements made today by participating countries, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was named to Team Canada; center Ryan Kesler was named to Team USA; goaltender John Gibson was named to Team North America; defenseman Sami Vatanen was named to Team Finland; and goaltender Frederik Andersen was named to Team Europe. The best-on-best international hockey tournament will be held in Toronto, Canada from Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016.

Getzlaf, 30 (5/10/85), has won back-to-back gold medals with Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (2014) and Vancouver, Canada (2010). In the last two Olympic Games, Getzlaf has scored 4-6=10 points with a +5 rating in 13 games. The Regina, Saskatchewan native has also helped lead Canada to medal finishes at the 2005 World Junior Championship (gold), 2008 World Championship (silver) and 2004 World Junior Championship (silver).

Kesler, 31 (8/31/84), has represented Team USA at the last two Olympic Games and won silver at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Kesler has combined for 3-3=6 points with a +11 rating in 12 Olympic games since 2010. A native of Livonia, MI, Kesler was a member of U.S. teams to medal at the 2004 World Junior Championship (gold) and 2002 World Under-18 Championship (gold).

Gibson, 22 (7/14/93), was named Most Valuable Player of the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia after backstopping Team USA to the gold medal. Going 5-2 with a 1.36 GAA, Gibson became the first United States goaltender and second American overall to win the award after Zach Parise in 2004, and the first goaltender overall since Steve Mason (Canada) in 2008. The Pittsburgh, PA native also helped Team USA earn a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championship along with a gold medal at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship.

Vatanen, 24 (6/3/91), was one of four defensemen named today to the Team Finland roster. Vatanen won a bronze medal with Finland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, leading all Olympic defensemen and ranking second among all players in assists (5). The Jyvaskyla, Finland native also ranked tied for fourth among Olympic defensemen in points (0-5=5) at the 2014 tournament. Vatanen captained Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship and 2009 Under-18 World Championship (bronze), while also representing his country at the 2010 World Junior Championship.

Andersen, 26 (10/2/89), represented Denmark at four consecutive IIHF World Championships from 2009-12 and at the 2014 Olympic Qualification Tournament, going 1-1 while leading all Group F goaltenders in GAA (1.01) and SV% (.960). The Herning, Denmark native made his debut with Denmark at the 2010 World Championship, going 1-1 with a 36-save effort in a 4-1 upset victory against Finland.

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