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CALGARY, Alta. – Canada is off to a strong start in shaping its roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship, with the first 18 players confirmed to wear the red-and-white when the puck officially drops in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 6.

Defending world champions Matt Duchene (Haliburton, Ont./Colorado, NHL), Taylor Hall (Kingston, Ont./Edmonton, NHL), and Ryan O’Reilly (Varna, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) are among the first group of confirmed players who will be making the trek to Prague, Czech Republic, for a pre-competition camp and pre-tournament game before heading to Russia for Canada’s opening match-up against the United States.

“The opportunity to represent your country in international competition is something that never gets old, as we’ve seen in the enthusiasm of this first group of players to join the squad, and the others we’re still in discussion with as we move through the process of building our roster,” said co-general manager, Brad Treliving.

Canada can name up to 25 players to its roster, and will continue to make additions as players and teams progress through the 2016 NHL playoffs.

“The world championship is always a great event, and coming in as defending champions adds to the cachet of the event. We all want to see the Canadian flag be the one raised at the end of that gold-medal game on May 22nd,” said co-general manager, George McPhee.

In addition to forwards Duchene, Hall, and O’Reilly, Canada’s roster includes:

Goaltenders Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg/Colorado, NHL), and Cam Talbot (Caledonia, Ont./Edmonton, NHL);
Defencemen Cody Ceci (Orleans, Ont./Ottawa, NHL), Ben Hutton (Brockville, Ont./Vancouver, NHL), Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Columbus, NHL), Morgan Rielly (West Vancouver, B.C./Toronto, NHL), and Chris Tanev (Toronto/Vancouver, NHL); and
Forwards Max Domi (Toronto/Arizona, NHL), Brendan Gallagher (Tsawwassen, B.C./Montreal, NHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Columbus, NHL), Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton, NHL), Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, N.S./Boston, NHL) Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Buffalo, NHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Winnipeg, NHL), and Mark Stone (Winnipeg/Ottawa, NHL).

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