The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey had been announced. Superstars line all of the eight teams in the tournament. How are the New York Islanders going to be represented?
It’s going to be the NHLs big new marque event. From September 17th to October 1st it’s going to best-on-best hockey as eight teams vie for best in the world.
It feels like a brand new tournament, but it really isn’t. The World Cup of Hockey dates back to the 70’s when it was called the Canada Cup, and only became known as the World Cup of Hockey in 1996. The tournament makes a big comeback this year, after a long 12-year absence.
Today the rosters for all eight teams were finalized. And a few New York Islanders made it to their respective nations or continents team.
The Russians named forward Nikolai Kulemin to their roster. The $5 million dollar man had a fairly sub-par season for the Islanders.The former 30-goal scorer still has something to offer. But with KHL all-star and ex-NHL Alexander Radulov being left off the team, a spot was open for someone.
The New York Islanders are very well represented outside of the big European nations. Jaroslav Halak (Slovakia), Thomas Greiss (Germany), and Frans Nielsen (Denmark) were all named to the European squad.
Greiss was a late addition to the team, but his strong play for the Islanders in the post-season and for team Germany at the World Championships recently in Russia meant that
Captain John Tavares was named to team Canada in the preliminary roster. His spot should never have come into question. The 70 point forward is a constant offensive threat and has represented Canada at every level.
Isles fans will all wait with baited breath as they hope their captain returns from the tournament intact. We all remember what happened in Sochi. If you don’t, he tore his MCL and missed the rest of the season.