Final rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey were announced on Friday, and two Carolina Hurricanes were named to their respective countries’ lineups.
Forward prospect Sebastian Aho will skate for Team Finland and defenseman Michal Jordan will join Team Czech Republic’s blue line. It was announced in November that Hurricanes’ head coach Bill Peters would serve as an assistant coach on Mike Babcock’s Team Canada staff.
Aho has already helped Finland to two medals in international competition this season: gold at World Juniors and silver at the World Championship. The soon-to-be 19-year-old forward logged 14 points (5g, 9a) in seven games at the World Juniors, playing a key part in Finland’s gold-medal success. Skating amongst men at the World Championship in May, Aho tallied seven points (3g, 4a) in 10 games, as Finland took home the silver medal after suffering their only loss of the tournament in the gold medal match.
After joining the Czechs at the World Championship, Jordan will again skate for his country in the World Cup. The pending unrestricted free agent was one of three defenseman added to Team Czech Republic on Friday morning.
A complete list of team rosters can be found here.
The eight-team World Cup of Hockey tournament will take place from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. Split into two groups, each team will play its three group opponents in a round-robin format. The top two teams in either group will then advance to the semifinals in which the first-place team from one group will face off with the second-place team in the other. The two semifinal victors will then meet in the Final, a best-of-three series. Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by ESPN in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.
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