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Team Finland names 16 players to World Cup of Hockey roster

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs



TORONTO (March 2, 2016) -- The Finnish Ice Hockey Federation announced today the first 16 players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.

Named to Team Finland are:

G Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

G Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

D Esa Lindell, Texas Stars (AHL) – Dallas Stars hold NHL rights

D Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins

D Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres

D Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks

F Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers

F Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks

F Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning

F Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild

F Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers

F Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild

F Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs

F Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers

F Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues

F Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks

Eight teams -- Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team 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.

All eight teams competing in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are announcing their rosters of at least 16 players today. The announcement schedule for remaining teams (all times Eastern):

Team Czech Republic: 11 a.m.

Team Sweden: 1:15 p.m.

Team Europe: 4:30 p.m.

Team North America: 5:15 p.m.

Team Canada: 6:05 p.m.

Team USA: 6:45 p.m.

Each of the eight teams will have a tournament roster of 23 players: 20 skaters and three goaltenders. The balance of each team’s roster will be announced no later than June 1, 2016.

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 is a joint effort of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). 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. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America, a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

The top two finishers in each of Group A and Group B will advance to the Semifinals (Sept. 24-25), where each qualifier will face an elimination game against a team from the other Group. The two Semifinal winners will meet in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.

Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and ESPN in the United States. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

For more information on the World Cup of Hockey 2016, visit www.wch2016.com. #WCH2016

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