CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced the addition of Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alta./St. Louis, NHL) to its roster competing at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany May 5-21.
Parayko will play in his first IIHF World Championship having just completed his second full season in the National Hockey League season with the Blues. In 81 games, Parayko registered 35 points, including 31 assists and added another five points in 11 playoff games. Drafted 86th overall by St. Louis in 2012, Parayko competed internationally as a member of Team Canada West at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge where he won gold.
Player selections were made by the Team Canada management group – general manager Ron Hextall (Brandon, Man./Philadelphia, NHL); assistant general manager Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL); director of player personnel Larry Carrière (Montreal/Montreal, NHL); and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada – with input from the coaching staff, which comprises head coach Jon Cooper (Prince George, B.C./Tampa Bay, NHL), Gerard Gallant (Summerside, P.E.I./Vegas, NHL), Dave Hakstol (Warburg, Alta./Philadelphia, NHL), and Dave King (Saskatoon, Sask.).
This year’s Team Canada roster includes five players who captured gold at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (Pickard, Matheson, Duchene, O’Reilly, Scheifele), seven who were selected to play at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (Team Canada – Duchene, Giroux, O’Reilly, Vlasic; Team North America – Couturier, MacKinnon, Scheifele), and six also won gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (Barrie, Couturier, Duchene, Giroux, O’Reilly, MacKinnon).
Team Canada has won gold at the last two IIHF World Championships, going undefeated during the 2015 tournament, and blanking Finland 2-0 in the gold-medal game in 2016.
Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 20 times – not counting the years when Olympic Winter Games champions were also considered world champion. The country has also collected 11 silver medals and six bronze in that timespan.