World Cup of Hockey: Team USA Roster

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Twelve years after the last World Cup of Hockey, NHL will bring back the tournament this year. The tournament will take place from September 17th-28th in the the Air Canada Centre. Eight teams will compete in this tournament, with some interesting roster rules.

The eight teams will be: Canada (24-and-over players only), Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, United States (24-and-over players), Europe (players not from Czech, Finland, Russia, and Sweden), and North America (23-and-under players only from Canada and the United States).

John Tortorella, who is first on the NHL’s all-time wins list among American-born coaches, was named Team USA’s coach in 2015. Here is who Coach Torts will be working with:

Goalies

Ben Bishop: Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Quick: Los Angeles Kings

Cory Schneider: New Jersey Devils

Defensemen

Dustin Byfuglien: Winnipeg Jets

John Carlson: Washington Capitals

Erik Johnson: Colorado Avalanche

Jack Johnson: Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan McDonagh: New York Rangers

Mark Niskanen: Washington Capitals

Ryan Suter: Minnesota Wild

Centers

Brandon Dubinsky: Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Kesler: Anaheim Ducks

Derek Stepan: New York Rangers

This will be Patrick Kane's fourth time representing his country, starting his international career in 2006 in the IIHF U18 Championships.

This will be Patrick Kane’s fourth time representing his country, starting his international career in 2006 in the IIHF U18 Championships.

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader: Detroit Red Wings

David Backes: Boston Bruins

Patrick Kane: Chicago Blackhawks

T.J. Oshie: Washington Capitals

Max Pacioretty: Montreal Canadiens

Kyle Palmieri: New Jersey Devils

Zach Parise: Minnesota Wild

Joe Pavelski: San Jose Sharks

James van Riemsdyk: Toronto Maple Leafs

Blake Wheeler: Winnipeg Jets

There is plenty of USA star power on this roster, especially with players who move NHL tickets such as Patrick Kane, T.J. Oshie, Joe Pavelski, Justin Abdelkader, and Zach Parise will don the red, white, and blue. This tournament will not have nearly the hype and juice that the Olympics bring, but it will satisfy hockey fans’ desire to consume some competitive hockey before the NHL season starts.