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Rakell Named to Team Sweden World Cup Roster

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Ducks center Rickard Rakell today was added to Team Sweden’s 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Today’s announcement brings the current total of Ducks participating in the World Cup to six, including the previously announced Ryan Getzlaf for Canada, Ryan Kesler for USA, John Gibson for Team North America, Sami Vatanen for Finland and Jakob Silfverberg for Sweden. Rakell replaces injured St. Louis forward Alexander Steen on the Swedish roster. The best-on-best international hockey tournament will be held in Toronto, Canada from Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016.

Rakell, 23 (5/5/93), represented Sweden at three consecutive World Junior Championships from 2011-13, winning gold in 2012 and silver in 2013. In 17 career World Junior games, Rakell scored 2-12=14 points with 22 penalty minutes (PIM). He ranked fourth among 2013 tournament leaders in assists (0-6=6), while also leading Sweden in assists and co-leading in scoring. Rakell helped Sweden to gold in 2012 with 2-3=5 points in six games after serving as the youngest player on the Swedish roster at the 2011 tournament.

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