Hockey Canada announced Tuesday the addition of 2017 silver-medallist Marc-Édouard Vlasic (Montreal/San Jose) for the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.
With the addition of Vlasic, Canada’s roster now stands at 24 players; three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 13 forwards.
Vlasic just finished his 12th season in the NHL with San Jose, appearing in 81 games. He registered 32 points including a career-high 11 goals. He also added a pair of assists in 10 playoff games. This will marks his fourth appearance at the IIHF World Championship, having won a pair of silver medals (2009, 2017). Vlasic represented Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, winning the championship. He also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The player selections are made by the management group for the 2018 IIHF World Championship – co-general managers Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal) and Martin Brodeur (Montreal/St. Louis), along with Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada – in consultation with the coaching staff consisting of head coach Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Calgary), associate coach Mike Yeo (North Bay, Ont./St. Louis), and assistant coach Bob Boughner (Windsor, Ont./Florida).
Six of the players on the roster earned gold medals with Team Canada in either 2015 (Eberle, Ekblad, O’Reilly, Schenn) or 2016 (McDavid, Murray, O’Reilly), while four skated to a silver medal in 2017 (O’Reilly, Parayko, Schenn, Vlasic).
Through three games, Canada has a pair of wins over the host nation Denmark and South Korea, following a shootout loss to the United States to open the tournament. Preliminary-round games wrap up on May 15 with the bronze- and gold-medal games set to take place on Sunday, May 20.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners will carry 64 and 31 games, respectively. TSN Radio will also broadcast all of Canada’s games; check your local listings for schedule and network details.
Team Canada has won gold at two of the last three IIHF World Championships, going undefeated during the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic and shutting out Finland in the gold-medal game in 2016 in Russia. Last year, Canada skated to silver after falling to Sweden in the gold-medal game in Cologne, Germany.
Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 20 times – not counting the years when the Olympic Winter Games gold medallist was also considered world champion. Canada has also collected 12 silver and six bronze medals in that timespan.