Hockey Canada has announced the addition of centre Jared McCann (London, Ont./Pittsburgh, NHL) to its roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship, May 10-26 in Košice and Bratislava, Slovakia.
McCann will play in his first IIHF World Championship following his fourth National Hockey League season. The 22–year-old was acquired by Pittsburgh in a mid-season trade with the Florida Panthers, registering 35 points, including 19 goals, in 78 games. McCann’s international experience includes a bronze medal with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship. He also won a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Canada looks for its first gold medal since 2016 when it opens the 2019 IIHF World Championship on May 10 against Finland. It will also face Denmark, Great Britain, France, Germany, the host Slovakians and the United States in the preliminary round. The bronze and gold medal games will be played May 26.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will carry 64 and 57 games, respectively; check local listings for details.
Since 1931, Canada has won the world championship 20 times – not counting the years when Olympic Winter Games gold medallist was also considered world champion. The country has also collected 12 silver medals and seven bronze.