6:10 P.M. -- John Tavares was named to Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday evening.
Tavares is a decorated member of Team Canada, winning a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics and two gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championships (2008, 2009). He is also a point-per-game player at the World Hockey Championships, with 25 points (16G, 9A) in 22 games in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 tournaments.
The 25-year-old leads the Islanders with 50 points (23G, 27A) in 58 games this season. He is closing in on a pair of milestones, as he’s 10 games shy of 500 and three goals shy of 200 (as of March 2).
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5:05 P.M. -- Jaroslav Halak and Frans Nielsen were named to Team Europe for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday afternoon.
Halak, who hails from Slovakia, and Nielsen, who is from Denmark, will both be part of the inaugural European team, pooling together talent from a host of smaller hockey nations. They’ll be joined by players from Austria (former Islander Thomas Vanek), Slovenia (Kings’ captain Anze Kopitar) and Switzerland (Predators’ defenseman Roman Josi).
Halak is 16-13-4 this season with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. In the past, Halak has represented Slovakia at two Olympics (2010, 2014), three IIHF World Championships and two World Junior Championships.
Nielsen is third on the Islanders in goals (18) and points (38) this season. Nielsen has represented Denmark at seven IIHF World Championships. The Herning, Denmark native is the highest-scoring Dane in NHL history with 335 points (117G, 218A).
Former Islander Miroslav Satan is Team Europe's General Manager while Islanders equipment manager Scott Boggs is heading the equipment staff.
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8:00 A.M. -- Nikolay Kulemin was named to Team Russia for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday morning.
Kulemin has 15 points (6G, 9A) in 61 games this season and has a host of international experience in the past.
He’s represented his country at seven World Championships, winning two gold medals (2012, 2014), two silvers (2010, 2015) and one bronze (2007). Kulemin also played at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and won silver at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Kulemin has 32 points (12G, 20A) in 63 World Championship games. This is Kulemin’s first World Cup of Hockey.