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 goalie John Gibson was named Wednesday to the preliminary 16-player Team North America roster for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. Gibson, a rookie, was 15-8-2 with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage going into Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Team North American will be comprised of players 23-and-under from the U.S. and Canada. Gibson is a Pittsburgh native.
Kings center Anze Kopitar and Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen were named Wednesday to the 16-player preliminary roster of Team Europe for the World Cup of Hockey next fall in Toronto. Kopitar (Slovenia) is the Kings’ leading scorer with 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists). Andersen (Denmark) is the Ducks’ leader with 16 victories. Team Europe is comprised of players outside of the national teams of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
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.”