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Finland Adds Haula To 2016 World Cup Roster

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula was named to Finland's World Cup of Hockey roster on Friday in the final round of player additions prior to the international tournament.

Haula joins countrymen Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter (United States), and Thomas Vanek (Europe) as the Wild players who will play in the 2016 tournament.

Haula had a career year for the Wild, establishing new highs in goals, assists and points.

Over the final 27 games of the regular season, Haula had 21 points, tied for first among all Wild skaters.

Preliminary rosters for the tournament had been announced on March 2. Each country had seven remaining spots to fill.

The World Cup was last played in 2004, and the 2016 tournament will mark the third time it is played. Games will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The participating teams at the 2016 tournament are the United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Team Europe, and Team North America, a roster made up of skaters 24-years-old and under. Players that fall in that age bracket are not eligible to play for the United States or Canada.

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