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Duchene, O’Reilly highlight Canada’s preliminary Worlds roster

Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene

Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly, left, celebrates with teammate Matt Duchene after both scored during the shootout against the New Jersey Devils to secure the Avalanche’s 2-1 shootout victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Former Colorado teammates Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly will once again join forces for Canada at the World Championships -- on Monday, the pair were named to the initial roster of 18, per Hockey Canada.

The remainder of the roster:


Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg/Colorado, NHL), and Cam Talbot (Caledonia, Ont./Edmonton, NHL);


Cody Ceci (Orleans, Ont./Ottawa, NHL), Ben Hutton (Brockville, Ont./Vancouver, NHL),Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Columbus, NHL), Morgan Rielly (West Vancouver, B.C./Toronto, NHL), and Chris Tanev (Toronto/Vancouver, NHL).


Max Domi (Toronto/Arizona, NHL), Brendan Gallagher (Tsawwassen, B.C./Montreal, NHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Columbus, NHL), Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton, NHL), Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, N.S./Boston, NHL) Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Buffalo, NHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Winnipeg, NHL) and Mark Stone (Winnipeg/Ottawa, NHL).

As announced earlier, the GM group is comprised of George McPhee, Brad Treliving and Doug Armstrong. That trio recently named Carolina’s Bill Peters as Team Canada’s head coach.