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Five Sharks Named to 2016 World Cup Rosters

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that forward Joe Pavelski, defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44), forward Tomas Hertl (@tomashertl48), defenseman Roman Polak, and forward Joonas Donskoi have been named to their respective countries rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The tournament will be held from Sept. 17-Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"We are thrilled to have such a strong Sharks representation at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, with Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Tomas Hertl, Roman Polak and Joonas Donskoi all being named to their respective countries teams," said Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson. "It is a tremendous honor for each of these men to be selected to represent their country, and there are still a handful of players on our team that are garnering strong consideration to join them at this tournament next fall."

Pavelski, a native of Plover, Wisconsin, is currently T-1st on the Sharks with 61 points (29 goals, 32 assists) in 62 games. Pavelski is currently T-3rd in the NHL in goals (29) and is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals (8).

The five-foot-eleven, 190-pound forward was named team captain for the 2015-16 season. Since 2013-2014, he ranks 2nd in goals scored (107) among all NHL players. In addition, since 2008-2009, Pavelski has the third-most points (478) among U.S.-born players in the NHL.

"Pavs" previously competed for Team USA in the Olympics (2010 silver medal, 2014) and tallied eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in 12 combined games played. He also appeared in the World Championships (2009), recording a goal and an assist in five games as USA placed fourth in the tournament.

Pavelski was originally drafted by San Jose in the 2003 NHL Draft (7th round, 205th overall).

Vlasic, 28, has collected 37 points (8 goals, 29 assists) in 59 games this season. Vlasic is currently T-14th in the NHL in assists by a defenseman (29) and leads all Sharks defensemen with a +12 rating. More so, he has worked his way into the top-five in numerous franchise categories for defensemen including ranking 1st in games played (729), 3rd in goals (47), 2nd in assists (177), 2nd in points (224) and 1st in plus-minus rating (+122).

The six-foot-one, 205-pound native of Montreal, Quebec, has proven to be one of the top selections from the 2005 draft and currently sits 2nd in games played (729) among his draft class.

Vlasic has amassed a notable international career, representing his home country of Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi where he earned a gold medal, as well as appearing in two World Championships (2009, 2012).

Vlasic was originally drafted by San Jose in the 2005 NHL Draft (2nd round, 35th overall).

Hertl, 22, has recorded 15 goals and 18 assists in 61 games this season while leading the Sharks in faceoff percentage (56.7%). Amongst forwards, Hertl ranks 2nd on the team in shots with 156 on the year.

Standing six-foot-two, 210-pounds, Hertl has represented the Czech Republic three times at the World Junior Championships (2011, 2012 and 2013) and twice at the World Championships (2013, 2015).

The native of Praha, Czech Republic, was originally drafted by San Jose in the 2012 NHL Draft (1st round, 17th overall).

Joining Hertl will be fellow countryman Roman Polak. In 59 games this season, Polak has tallied one goal and 12 assists to go along with a +6 plus/minus rating. His 235 hits rank him 5th in the league this season.

The six-foot, 235-pound native of Ostrava, Czech Republic, has represented his country three times at the World Junior Championships (2004-06), twice at the World Championships (2009 and 2014) and once at the Olympics (2010).

Polak was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maples Leafs on February 22, 2016.

Donskoi, 23, has scored 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 57 games with the Sharks during his rookie season. Last season with Oulun Kaarpat of the Finnish Elite League, Donskoi was awarded the Jari Kurri Award (playoff MVP) after registering six goals, 16 assists and leading Kaarpat to a league championship.

This will be the seventh time Donskoi has represented Team Finland after doing so at the World Junior Championships (2008-11) and World Championships (2015).

The six-foot, 180-pound native of Raahe, Finland, was signed to an entry-level contract on May 20, 2015.

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