Hockey Worlds: Who is playing for Team Canada and when

Spring is heaven for hockey fans with the Stanley Cup Playoffs going all-out, and the IIHF World Championships from May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.

Of the 19 players named so far, the Avs lead the way with four players representing Canada. There are three of each from the Kings, Oilers, and Stars.

The youngest player is Aaron Ekblad, who turned 19 on February 7th and is coming off an outstanding rookie season with the Florida Panthers. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is the oldest, at 33. Hockey Canada may name up to 22 skaters and three goaltenders, and will do so as teams are eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Who will play for Canada? (As of April 14)


Martin Jones, 25 (North Vancouver, BC) – Los Angeles Kings
Mike Smith, 33 (Kingston, ON) – Arizona Coyotes


Tyson Barrie, 23 (Victoria, BC) – Colorado Avalanche
Brent Burns, 30 (Barrie, ON) – San Jose Sharks
Aaron Ekblad, 19 (Windsor, ON) – Florida Panthers
Jake Muzzin, 26 (Woodstock, ON) – Los Angeles Kings
David Savard, 24 (St. Hyacinthe, QC) – Columbus Blue Jackets


Matt Duchene, 24 (Haliburton, ON) – Colorado Avalanche
Cody Eakin, 23 (Winnipeg, MB) – Dallas Stars
Jordan Eberle, 24 (Regina, SK) – Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Ennis, 25 (Edmonton, AB) – Buffalo Sabres
Claude Giroux, 27 (Hearst, ON) – Philadelphia Flyers
Taylor Hall, 23 (Calgary, AB) – Edmonton Oilers
Nathan MacKinnon, 19 (Cole Harbour, NS) – Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 22 (Burnaby, BC) – Edmonton Oilers
Ryan O’Reilly, 24 (Clinton, ON) – Colorado Avalanche
Tyler Seguin, 23 (Brampton, ON) – Dallas Stars
Jason Spezza, 31 (Toronto, ON) – Dallas Stars
Tyler Toffoli, 22 (Scarborough, ON) – Los Angeles Kings

Coaching staff: Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, Bill Peters, and Jay Woodcroft.
General Manager: Jim Nill

Canada fell to Finland in the quarterfinals of the 2014 tournament in Belarus.

Canada fell 3-2 to Finland in the quarterfinals of the 2014 tournament in Belarus.

When does Canada play?

The full schedule for the 16-team tournament held in Prague and Ostrava can be found here, but Canada’s Group A schedule is:

May 1 vs. LAT – 10:15 pm ET
May 3 vs. GER – 10:15 am ET
May 4 vs. CZE – 2:15 pm ET
May 6 vs. SWE – 2:15 pm ET
May 9 vs. FRA – 6:15 am ET
May 10 vs. SUI – 2:15 pm ET
May 12 vs. AUT – 6:15 am ET

All games will be broadcast on TSN.

The top-4 teams from each 8-team group qualify for quarterfinals on May 14th. Semis are May 16th with the bronze and gold medal games on Sunday, May 17th.

Canada’s last World Championship title was in 2007, with the most recent medals being back-to-back silvers in 2008 and 2009.