Hockey Canada announces first group of 20 players for world championship

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Hockey Canada has unveiled its preliminary 20-man roster for the upcoming world hockey championship.

As expected in an Olympic year, Team Canada will have a young group that doesn't overlap with those who won a gold medal in Sochi.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are well represented with goaltender James Reimer, defenceman Morgan Rielly and centre Nazem Kadri.

Twelve of the 20 players are in Canadian markets: the three Leafs, goaltender Ben Scrivens and forward David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers; defenceman Marc Methot and forward Kyle Turris from the Ottawa Senators; defencemen Kevin Bieksa and Jason Garrsion and forward Alexandre Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks; forward Sean Monahan from the Calgary Flames and forward Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets.

The Washington Capitals have three players (Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward) while the Buffalo Sabres (defenceman Tyler Myers and forward Cody Hodgson) and Florida Panthers (defenceman Erik Gudbranson and forward Jonathan Huberdeau) each have two.

Defenceman Ryan Ellis of the Nashville Predators rounds out the initial roster.

"I know most of the players well, and I like where we're at right now," coach Dave Tippett said in a phone interview Wednesday. "Obviously coming off an Olympic year there's going to be a lot of those names that are going to be much different than the Olympic team, but that being said they're all NHL players, they're there for a reason and I like our combination.

"We've got some grit there, we've got some guys that can defend, we've got some good skill. So far it looks very good."

More players will be added before the tournament starts in Minsk, Belarus, on May 9. That gives Canada some time to consider players on the eight teams eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Teams can only register a total of 25 players for the tournament.

Organizations: Hockey Canada, Team Canada, Toronto Maple Leafs Edmonton Oilers Ottawa Senators Vancouver Canucks Calgary Flames Winnipeg Jets Washington Capitals Buffalo Sabres Florida Panthers Nashville Predators NHL

Geographic location: Sochi, Troy, Minsk Belarus Canada

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