Kings forward Jeff Carter is out of the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada because of a lower-body injury and right wing Corey Perry will replace him, joining Ducks teammate Ryan Getzlaf for the eight-team tournament, which begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.
Team Canada opens its training camp Monday in Ottawa.
“I know Jeff wanted to play and represent Canada and his decision to step aside as they continue to monitor his injury speaks to his character and willingness to put Team Canada’s success above all else,” Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong told TSN.ca Friday.
“We look forward to seeing him back on the ice when the NHL season resumes.”
Carter’s status is said to be day-to-day. The Kings begin training camp Sept. 23 at their El Segundo training facility. He scored 24 goals last season. Carter was Perry’s teammate on the Canadian team that won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Perry is one of eight active players to have won a Stanley Cup championship (2007), Olympic gold (2010, ’14) and World Championship gold (’16). He also is one of two players to have added a World Junior Championship, joining former Ducks teammate Scott Niedermayer.
As a 50-goal scorer and Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s MVP in 2011, Perry’s absence from Canada’s initial roster was a surprise. He led the Ducks with 34 goals last season, his sixth consecutive season with 30 goals or more, matching Paul Kariya for second-best in team history.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty talked Thursday about what it means to play for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. He helped Canada win gold in the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and the World Cup is another chance for him to showcase his country’s national game, and on home soil, too.
“Obviously, it’s an honor,” Doughty said. “It’s something you dream of and for it to be in Toronto, in your home country, it’s even that much more special. You look forward to playing teams like Sweden. I think they have one of the best teams there. They have a lot of talented players. They’re a good team. We played them in the gold-medal game in Sochi, so we’ll have a little bit of a rivalry there.
“And, obviously, one against the States. We’ve played against them since we were little kids. That’ll be fun to play against that team.”
Doughty said he expected Ducks rival Corey Perry, a summer golfing buddy, to be named at a later day. Perry wasn’t among the 16 players selected Wednesday to the preliminary roster. P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was another who wasn’t on the initial Team Canada roster.
“They named the top 16 they think they have at this time, not that those guys won’t make the team in the future or anything like that, but they could only name 16 or guys like that would be on the team,” Doughty said of Perry and Subban.
Team USA named goaltender Jonathan Quick of the Kings and center Ryan Kesler of the Ducks to its preliminary 16-player roster for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. They are both veterans of Team USA’s Olympic team in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Cam Fowler, a Ducks defenseman, was not named to the team despite playing in Sochi. Fowler could be added to the roster later, however.
Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty of the Kings and Ryan Getzlaf of the Ducks were named Wednesday to Team Canada’s preliminary 16-player roster for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. Carter, Doughty and Getzlaf were members of the gold-medal winning team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Corey Perry of the Ducks was snubbed Wednesday, although he’s likely to be named to the final roster. Perry leads the Ducks with 26 goals and was a member of the 2014 and ’10 Olympic championship teams for Canada.
Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen was named Wednesday to Team Finland’s preliminary roster for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. Vatanen was one of 16 players named to the team. He helped Finland win a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and will be one of the more veteran players on a World Cup roster that doesn’t include Teemu Selanne.
“Of course it’s a big honor every time Finland cheers you on,” said Vatanen, 24. “It’s a big pride thing for me to represent Team Finland. It’s a little different right now. I think I’m the oldest D-man on the roster right so it’s totally different to what I’m used to. I’ve been in a couple of tournaments, so I know how to do those things. If I can teach the younger guys. We have Teemu and Saku and they can help us. It feels very different. I don’t think I’m that old right now.”