SUNRISE, Fla. – The National Hockey League announced today that Florida Panthers forwards Aleksander Barkov (Team Finland) and Jussi Jokinen (Team Finland) as well as defensemen Aaron Ekblad (Team North America) and Dmitry Kulikov (Team Russia) have been named to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey opening Sept. 17, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. Florida Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant will serve as an assistant coach for Team North America.
The 20-year old Barkov won a Bronze Medal with Team Finland at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games and has represented Finland once at the IIHF World Championship (2015) and twice at the IIHF World Junior Championship (2012, 2013). The 6-foot-3, 213-pound native of Tampere, Finland has recorded a career-high 19 goals and 39 points this season with Florida.
The 32-year old Jokinen has represented Team Finland in the Olympics twice, earning a Silver Medal at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games and a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound native of Kalajoki, Finland has represented Finland six times at the World Championship, winning two Bronze Medals (2006, 2008) and twice at the World Junior Championship, winning two Bronze Medals (2002, 2003). Jokinen has recorded 44 points (11-33-44) in 63 games this season with Florida.
The 20-year old Ekblad won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2015 World Championship and represented Canada once at the World Junior Championship (2014). The 6-foot-4, 216-pound native of Windsor, Ontario has recorded 25 points (12-13-25) in 59 games this season with Florida.
The 25-year old Kulikov has represented Team Russia three times at the World Championship, winning a Silver Medal in 2010 and a Bronze Medal with Team Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championship. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Lipestk, Russia has recorded 13 points (1-12-13) in 55 games this season with Florida.