The World Cup of Hockey tournament will be played this year in what will be the third time since it was created. The tournament will be played in Canada and is scheduled to begin in September. Since the announcement that the tournament will continue this year was made, rumors have been circulating that Boston Bruins Brad Marchand will represent Canada at the tournament. Online hockey predictions have the Canadian team winning the tournament if Marchand plays.
Other countries expected to participate in the World Cup of Hockey include Russia, Sweden, U.S.A., the Czech Republic, and Finland. Team North America, which consists of players under 23, and Team Europe, under 23 players from the remaining European countries, will also participate.
There are currently seven Boston Bruins players that are expected to participate in the tournament, which means the team will be without their services at the beginning of next season.
The preliminary rosters for the teams participating in the tournament were released on Wednesday, and the Boston players on the list are: Loui Eriksson, David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Zdeno Chara.
On Thursday, Bruins head coach Claude Julien said he was very proud of the players that were selected to represent their countries because it is an honor to represent their national teams. Julien said that their selection was a result of the hard work that they put in on the ice and their overall play. Since he considers it a special honor for a player to be selected to represent his country, Julien said he was very happy for his guys.
As previously mentioned, the number of Boston Bruins that will participate in the World Cup is expected to grow if Brad Marchand decides to play for the Canadian team. Other players that weren’t on the preliminary rosters are also expected to be named to national team rosters because each team will add seven more players to their roster before the tournament begins.
Marchand is expected to be named to the Canadian team because he is having the most productive season of his career this year. Marchand has a career high 32 goals in 59 games this season, which puts him in a tie with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars for third most in the NHL this year.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane is second in the league with 37 goals and Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL with 41 goals.
All the players listed with the exception of Marchand have already been called up to represent their respective countries at the World Cup.
Patrice Bergeron believes it will be great to have Marchand on the Canadian team, and feels that Marchand has proven himself over the years. Bergeron also feels that Marchand has proven that he belongs on the national team because of the season he has put together.
One of the reasons that Marchand hasn’t been called up to the national team is because Canada has a lot of talent and usually has one of the deepest teams in any national tournament. The depth the Canadian team has makes it difficult for some talented players to make the cut.
When asked about his thought on making the Canadian team, Marchand said it would be an honor to represent his country in a major tournament but he also said that he understands that the selection process is out of his hand, so his primary focus is on helping the Bruins win games.