CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada and its World Cup of Hockey management group have named forward Corey Perry (Peterborough, Ont./Anaheim, NHL) to Team Canada, as a replacement for Jeff Carter (London, Ont./Los Angeles, NHL), who is unable to participate in next month’s tournament due to a lower-body injury that’s being assessed on a day-to-day basis.
Perry, 31, most recently captained Canada to gold at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, last May. The win earned Perry ascension to the Triple Gold Club as one of only eight active players who has won Olympic gold (2010, 2014), World Championship gold (2016), and a Stanley Cup championship (2007, Anaheim). Perry is only the second player to combine Triple Gold membership with a gold-medal win at the IIHF World Junior Championship (2005) and a Memorial Cup – joining Team Canada alumnus Scott Niedermayer.
“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; we look forward to seeing him back on the ice when the NHL season resumes,” said Doug Armstrong, general manager for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey. “We’re fortunate and excited to welcome Corey Perry to the team. He is coming off a gold-medal win with Team Canada at worlds, and his career accomplishments in the NHL and in international competition speak for themselves. He’ll be a great addition to the team.”
Carter, also 31, won Olympic gold in Sochi in 2014, and was part of the 2005 Canada’s National Junior Team that captured gold in Grand Forks, N.D., and the 2004 team that took home silver at World Juniors in Finland. He’s also won gold at the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championship, and was part of the 2006 IIHF World Championship team that finished fourth. Carter scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 in Game 6 versus New Jersey.
Team Canada assembles in Ottawa to begin training camp on Sept. 5.
World Cup of Hockey 2016 is a joint effort of the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation. Eight teams — Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA — will compete in the two-week tournament, featuring more than 170 of the best players in the NHL. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs.