DETROIT — Corey Crawford has won two Stanley Cups and is having one of the best regular seasons of his career. On Wednesday his work earned him a spot on Team Canada.
Crawford was chosen for Team Canada and several of his Blackhawks teammates were named to their respective countries’ squads when World Cup of Hockey selections were announced Wednesday.
The first 16 players were named to each team on Wednesday. Team rosters will be completed no later than June 1 for the tournament, which is slated to take place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto.
Crawford, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith were named to Team Canada, while Patrick Kane was named to Team USA.. Other Blackhawks heading to the World Cup of Hockey are Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov (Team Russia), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Team Sweden), Marian Hossa (Team Europe) and Teuvo Teravainen (Team Finland).
“We have a really young, talented team, and I feel like I'm almost the oldest guy there,” the 21-year-old Teravainen said with a laugh. “It’s fun. We have a fun group of guys there, and I’m pretty excited.”
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A good portion of the Blackhawks will be in Toronto for this tournament, while the remaining Blackhawks will participate in training camp, per usual. The World Cup of Hockey will keep the Blackhawks busy, but that’s fine with them and coach Joel Quenneville, who is assistant coach of Team Canada.
“I think it’s exciting,” Quenneville said. “It’s a privilege for the guys who get a chance to play in a great environment on a very competitive stage, and it’s a short tournament so it has to be exciting for these guys to get the privilege to represent their countries. Best players in the world, get to play among them, I don’t see it being an issue. I think guys will be excited about it.”