All teams are rounding out their rosters for the World Cup of Hockey, set to take place from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. Following today’s announcement eight Flyers in total will be making the trip:
GIROUX NAMED TO CANADA
Hockey Canada announced that Claude Giroux has been named to one of the final roster spots released today for the World Cup Tournament.
Giroux led the Flyers in both assists (45) and overall scoring with 67 points in 78 games this past season. Since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, a span of six seasons, Giroux has led all NHL players with 443 total points (141g-302a). His 302 assists rank third overall among players.
Overall, this will be the fourth time that Giroux has represented Canada on the world stage.
Giroux recently represented Canada at the IIHF World Championships in 2015 where he helped them capture the gold medal, along with teammates Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. He finished the tournament with three goals and seven assists for 10 points while appearing in all 10 games.
In the World Juniors, Giroux helped Canada win a gold medal, its fourth consecutive gold, in the 2008 tournament. He recorded six points (2g-4a) in seven games.
GOSTISBEHERE ON NORTH AMERICA
Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere makes the young stars team of North America following his rookie season in the NHL.
At 23 years-old, he led the Flyers defense, as well as all NHL rookie defensemen, in goals (17), assists (29) and overall scoring with 46 points in just 64 games. His 17 goals also set a new Flyers franchise record for a rookie defenseman.
He is one of three finalists for the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy awarded to the top rookie in 2015-16.
Players for the North America Team are selected from a pool of the best hockey players from Canada and the United States that must be 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.
This will be Gostisbehere’s second time playing on the world stage, as the Pembroke Pines, Florida native will represent the United States on the team. He appeared in six games, recording two points (1g-1a) to help Team USA win the gold medal in the 2013 World Junior Championships. The win was the United States third ever WJC title.
BELLEMARE ADDED TO EUROPE’S ROSTER
Pierre-Eduard Bellemare was named to Team Europe for the World Cup Tournament today.
Bellemare will represent France, marking the first World Cup for him. He appeared in seven consecutive World Championships for France from 2008 to 2014, but had to miss the 2015 tournament due to injury.
He joined France for the 2016 tournament in May after the Flyers playoff run ended, and led the team with four points (1g-3a) while appearing in all seven games.
Bellemare recorded seven goals and 14 points in 74 games for the Flyers this season, his second with the club and in the NHL. He led all Flyers forwards, and ranked third on the team, in shorthanded time-on-ice in 2015-16 at 2:35 per game.
Team Europe is 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.
In the initial announcements, five Flyers were named as part of a 16-man roster spot made on March 2 (North America: Sean Couturier | Europe: Mark Streit | Czech Republic: Jakub Voracek, Radko Gudas & Michal Neuvirth).
In addition, four staff members of the Flyers will be participating for the United States: Flyers President, Paul Holmgren (Assistant GM), Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coach, Scott Gordon (Assistant Coach), Director of Scouting, Chris Pryor, (scouting role) and Head Equipment Manager, Derek Settlemyre (equipment manager).