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2016 World Cup Rosters Announced

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The players for Team North America are selected from a pool of the best young hockey players from Canada and the United States. Those players must be 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

From the Flyers, Sean Couturier will be a part of the first group of ‘Young Guns’ to compete in the World Cup.

Couturier has appeared twice on the world stage with Hockey Canada, most recently with teammates Brayden Schenn and Claude Giroux in the 2015 World Championships in which they took home the gold medal. Couturier finished with three goals and four assists for seven points while appearing in all 10 games for Canada.

He also helped Canada win a silver medal in the 2011 World Junior tournament.

Mark Streit was named to Team Europe for the World Cup Tournament, a team comprised of a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden —- or —- all of the other European countries who are developing world-class hockey players in ever-increasing numbers, such as: Austria, Belarus, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland (among others) will all be eligible for representation.

The Flyer with the most extensive experience is defenseman Mark Streit, who will represent Switzerland on the team.

Streit has appeared in 13 World Championships in his career, as well as four Olympic Winter Games and two appearances in the World Junior Championships (1996 & 1997).

Philadelphia Flyers Jakub Voracek, Michal Neuvirth, and Radko Gudas have been named as three of 16 players to the Czech Republic roster for the 2016 World Cup Tournament.

Voracek will be competing internationally for the first time in a World Cup, but has extensive experience representing the Czechs on the world stage.

He has competed in four World Championship tournaments, most recently in 2015 when he was named captain of the team which served as the host country for the tournament. He finished with 10 points (3g-7a) in 10 games, both of which where career highs for him in international play.

He has also represented the Czech Republic in the 2014 Olympics as well as the 2008 World Junior Championships which were held in his home country.

Voracek currently ranks second on the Flyers in scoring with 48 points (10g-38a) through 60 games. He leads the Flyers with 38 assists as well as 177 shots on net. He is currently sidelined for two weeks with a lower-body injury.

Joining Voracek will be goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who is in his first year with the Flyers and has posted a 16-7-4 mark to go along with a 2.22 goals-against average and .927 save percentage through 29 appearances.

Neuvirth represented his country in the 2008 World Junior tournament, where he went 2-2-0 with a .910 save percentage.

Defenseman Radko Gudas was also among the players named on the roster. He will be competing in his first World Cup, but will represent the Czech Republic for the fifth time after competing in two World Junior Championships in 2009 and 2010, and in the 2014 Winter Olympics and World Championships.

In his first season with the Flyers, Gudas has six points, all assists, and 86 penalty minutes in 56 games, which is the second-most games played by a Flyers defenseman this season.

Eight teams (Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, USA, Europe and North America) will compete in the two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs.

The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format.

While there are no players representing the United States, the Flyers will have representation in the tournament.

Flyers President, Paul Holmgren, will serve as the team’s Assistant GM, while Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach, Scott Gordon, is on the coaching staff as an assistant coach and Director of Scouting, Chris Pryor, is a member of the scouting staff.

Equipment Manager, Derek Settlemyre, will also be a part of the American group that heads to Toronto.
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