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World’s Greatest Players Coming to Pittsburgh For World Cup Pre-Tournament Games Sept. 14

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Eighty of the world’s greatest hockey players will be skating at CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday, September 14 as Pittsburgh hosts World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament games featuring Team Canada, Team Russia, Team North America and Team Czech Republic.

In addition to Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Matt Murray of the Penguins, rosters of the four teams include Alexander Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Carey Price, Logan Couture, Pavel Datsyuk, Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Vladimir Tarasenko, Artemi Panarin, Jakub Voracek and 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews.

Four Pittsburgh area natives – Brandon Saad, J.T. Miller, Vincent Trocheck, and John Gibson – also will be playing for Team North America, which features the top young players (ages 23 years and younger) in the U.S. and Canada.

The pre-tournament doubleheader on September 14 will pit North America vs. the Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. and Canada vs. Russia at 7:30 p.m.

One ticket provides admission to both games. Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com, at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Box Office at CONSOL Energy Center, or by calling 888.745.3000.

The World Cup tournament begins Sept. 17 in Toronto. For more information on the World Cup, please visit nhl.com. Rosters for the teams playing in Pittsburgh appear below.


Team Canada Team Czech Republic
G Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks G Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals G Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens G Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
D Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks D Tomas Kundratek, HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings D Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes
D Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues D Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks
D Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings D Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues D Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks D Roman Polak, Toronto Maple Leafs
D Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens D Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks F Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars
F Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames
F Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes
F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins F Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars
F Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche F Michal Birner, Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL)
F Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks F Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues
F Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers F Roman Cervenka, HC Fribourg-Gottéron (NLA)
F Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins F Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
F John Tavares, New York Islanders F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
F Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
F Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Team North America Team Russia
G John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks G Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
G Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets G Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche
G Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins G Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
D Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers D Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens
D Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers D Dmitry Kulikov, Buffalo Sabres
D Seth Jones,  Columbus Blue Jackets D Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings
D Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets D Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
D Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues D Nikita Nesterov, Tampa Bay Lightning
D Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs D Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals
D Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets D Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs
F Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers F Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks
F Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning F Evgenii Dadonov, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
F Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres F Pavel Datsyuk, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
F Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames F Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
F Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings F Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders
F Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche F Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
F Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs F Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
F Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers F Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning
F J.T. Miller, New York Rangers F Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
F Vincent Trocheck, Florida Panthers F Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks
F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers F Vadim Shipachev, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
F Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets F Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues
F Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets F Ivan Telegin, CSKA Moscow (KHL)

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