We can only hope they’re bringing this Frank Gehry designed beauty back as the trophy.

The NHL offseason has been pretty sweet to Tampa Bay Lightning fans already, but not as sweet as if we were actually watching hockey. Luckily this year our wait is just a little bit shorter as the World Cup of Hockey is just a month away starting September 17th and the rosters are chock full o’ Bolts.

The World Cup of Hockey has been absent from international hockey since the last time the Lightning’s stars left their mark on it in 2004 when Team Canada won the tournament with Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, and Brad Richards, with Vinny named tournament MVP.

That 2004 tournament was held in seven different venues in six different countries across way too many time zones. Thankfully the NHL and NHLPA have eliminated all of that travel, and this time every game will be watchable for those of us in North America who have ESPN and the ability to slack at work multitask. As an added bonus, this time the World Cup will end shortly before the opening of the NHL season, whereas in 2004 it ended two days before the lockout robbed us of our chance to defend the Cup.

Thirteen Bolts have been named to the rosters of 7 of the 8 teams, with all of them but Ryan Callahan actually planning to play. Cally’s replacement on Team USA, necessary due to his ongoing recovery from hip surgery, is Kyle Palmieri.

The Format:

Games will be played using NHL rules and referees and will take place at the Air Canada Centre, the regular season home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The tournament begins with group play. Each team will play the other teams in its group in a round-robin. The top two teams from each group move on to the semi-finals, where the winner of Group A plays second place from Group B and vice versa. The semi-final winners advance to a best-of-three championship series.

The Teams:

Group A

  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Europe (aka Slovakia and Friends)
  • USA

Group B

  • Finland
  • North America (under 23 year olds from Canada and USA)
  • Sweden
  • Russia

The Bolts:

Canada – Steven Stamkos

Czech Republic – Ondřej Palát and Andrej Šustr

USA – Ben Bishop and Ryan Callahan (will not play)

Finland – Valtteri Filppula

North America – Jonathan Drouin

Sweden – Victor Hedman and Anton Strålman

Russia – Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Nesterov, and Andrei Vasilevskiy


The coaches:

  • Canada – Mike Babcock, Head Coach.  Claude Julien, Assistant Coach. Bill Peters, Assistant Coach. Joel Quenneville, Assistant Coach. Barry Trotz, Assistant Coach.
  • Czech Republic – Josef Jandac, Head Coach. Jiri Kalous, Assistant Coach, Vaclav Prospal, Assistant Coach, Jaroslav Spacek, Assistant Coach, Petr Jaros, Goaltenders Coach
  • Team Europe – Ralph Krueger, Head Coach. Paul Maurice, Assistant Coach. Brad Shaw (Assistant Coach under Steve Ludzik 1999-2000), Assistant Coach.
  • Team Finland – Lauri Marjamaki, Head Coach. Teppo Numminen, Assistant Coach. Waltteri Immonen, Assistant Coach. Kalle Kaskinen, Assistant Coach. Ari Hilli, Goalie Coach. Saku Koivu, Advisor to Coaching
  • Team North America – Todd McLellan, Head Coach. Jon Cooper, Assistant Coach. Peter DeBoer, Assistant Coach. Dave Tippett, Assistant Coach. Jay Woodcroft, Assistant Coach
  • Team Sweden – Rickard Gronborg, Head Coach. Johan Garpenlov, Assistant Coach. Peter Popovic, Assistant Coach
  • Team Russia – Oleg Znarok, Head Coach. Harijs Vitolins, Assistant Coach
  • Team USA – John Tortorella (Head Coach 2001-2008), Head Coach. Mike Sullivan (Assistant Coach 2007-2008), Assistant Coach. John Hynes, Assistant Coach. Phil Housley, Assistant Coach. Jack Capuano, Assistant Coach. Scott Gordon, Assistant Coach


The complete rosters:


Team Canada:

G         Corey Crawford – Chicago Blackhawks

G         Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals

G         Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens

D         Brent Burns – San Jose Sharks

D         Drew Doughty  -Los Angeles Kings

D         Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks

D         Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles Kings

D         Alex Pietrangelo – St. Louis Blues

D         Marc-Édouard Vlasic – San Jose Sharks

D         Shea Weber – Montreal Canadiens

F          Jamie Benn – Dallas Stars

F          Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins

F          Jeff Carter – Los Angeles Kings

F          Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins

F          Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche

F          Ryan Getzlaf – Anaheim Ducks

F          Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers

F          Brad Marchand – Boston Bruins

F          Tyler Seguin – Dallas Stars

F          Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning

F          John Tavares – New York Islanders

F          Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks

F          Joe Thornton – San Jose Sharks



Team Czech Republic:

G         Petr Mrázek – Detroit Red Wings

G         Michal Neuvirth – Philadelphia Flyers

G         Ondřej Pavelec – Winnipeg Jets

D         Radko Gudas – Philadelphia Flyers

D         Michal Jordán – Carolina Hurricanes

D         Michal Kempný – Chicago Blackhawks

D         Zbyněk Michálek – Arizona Coyotes

D         Jakub Nakládal – Calgary Flames

D         Roman Polák – Toronto Maple Leafs

D         Andrej Šustr – Tampa Bay Lightning

F          Radek Faksa – Dallas Stars

F          Michael Frolík – Calgary Flames

F          Martin Hanzal – Arizona Coyotes

F          Aleš Hemský – Dallas Stars

F          Tomáš Hertl – San Jose Sharks

F          Dmitrij Jaškin – St. Louis Blues

F          David Krejčí – Boston Bruins

F          Milan Michálek – Toronto Maple Leafs

F          Ondřej Palát – Tampa Bay Lightning

F          David Pastrňák – Boston Bruins

F          Tomáš Plekanec – Montreal Canadiens

F          Vladimír Sobotka – Avangard Omsk

F          Jakub Voráček – Philadelphia Flyers



Team Europe:

G         Frederik Andersen – Toronto Maple Leafs (Denmark)

G         Thomas Greiss – New York Islanders (Germany)

G         Jaroslav Halák – New York Islanders (Slovakia)

D         Zdeno Chára – Boston Bruins (Slovakia)

D         Christian Ehrhoff – Chicago Blackhawks (Germany)

D         Roman Josi – Nashville Predators (Switzerland)

D         Dennis Seidenberg – Boston Bruins (Germany)

D         Andrej Sekera – Edmonton Oilers (Slovakia)

D         Luca Sbisa – Vancouver Canucks (Switzerland)

D         Mark Streit – Philadelphia Flyers (Switzerland)

F          Pierre-Édouard Bellemare – Philadelphia Flyers (France)

F          Mikkel Bødker – San Jose Sharks (Denmark)

F          Leon Draisaitl – Edmonton Oilers (Germany)

F          Marián Gáborík – Los Angeles Kings (Slovakia)

F          Jannik Hansen – Vancouver Canucks (Denmark)

F          Marián Hossa – Chicago Blackhawks (Slovakia)

F          Anže Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings (Slovenia)

F          Nino Niederreiter – Minnesota Wild (Switzerland)

F          Frans Nielsen – Detroit Red Wings (Denmark)

F          Tobias Rieder – Arizona Coyotes Germany

F          Tomáš Tatar – Detroit Red Wings (Slovakia)

F          Thomas Vanek – Detroit Red Wings (Austria)

F          Mats Zuccarello – New York Rangers (Norway)



Team USA:

#30      G         Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning

#32      G         Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings

#35      G         Cory Schneider – New Jersey Devils

#33      D         Dustin Byfuglien – Winnipeg Jets

#4        D         John Carlson – Washington Capitals

#6        D         Erik Johnson – Colorado Avalanche

#3        D         Jack Johnson – Columbus Blue Jackets

#27      D         Ryan McDonagh – New York Rangers

#2        D         Matt Niskanen – Washington Capitals

#20      D         Ryan Suter – Minnesota Wild

#89      F          Justin Abdelkader – Detroit Red Wings

#42      F          David Backes – Boston Bruins

#19      F          Brandon Dubinsky – Columbus Blue Jackets

#88      F          Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks

#17      F          Ryan Kesler – Anaheim Ducks

#74      F          T. J. Oshie – Washington Capitals

#67      F          Max Pacioretty – Montreal Canadiens

#23      F          Kyle Palmieri – New Jersey Devils

#9        F          Zach Parise – Minnesota Wild

#21      F          Derek Stepan – New York Rangers

#16      F          James van Riemsdyk – Toronto Maple Leafs

#26      F          Blake Wheeler – Winnipeg Jets



Team Finland:

G         Mikko Koskinen – SKA Saint Petersburg

G         Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins

G         Pekka Rinne – Nashville Predators

D         Jyrki Jokipakka – Calgary Flames

D         Sami Lepistö – Salavat Yulaev Ufa

D         Esa Lindell – Dallas Stars

D         Olli Määttä – Pittsburgh Penguins

D         Ville Pokka – Chicago Blackhawks

D         Rasmus Ristolainen – Buffalo Sabres

D         Sami Vatanen – Anaheim Ducks

F          Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

F          Aleksander Barkov – Florida Panthers

F          Joonas Donskoi – San Jose Sharks

F          Valtteri Filppula – Tampa Bay Lightning

F          Mikael Granlund – Minnesota Wild

F          Erik Haula – Minnesota Wild

F          Jussi Jokinen – Florida Panthers

F          Mikko Koivu – Minnesota Wild

F          Leo Komarov – Toronto Maple Leafs

F          Lauri Korpikoski – Edmonton Oilers

F          Patrik Laine – Winnipeg Jets

F          Jori Lehterä – St. Louis Blues

F          Teuvo Teräväinen – Carolina Hurricanes


North America

Team North America:

G         John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks (USA)

G         Connor Hellebuyck – Winnipeg Jets (USA)

G         Matt Murray – Pittsburgh Penguins (Canada)

D         Aaron Ekblad – Florida Panthers (Canada)

D         Seth Jones – Columbus Blue Jackets (USA)

D         Ryan Murray – Columbus Blue Jackets (Canada)

D         Morgan Rielly – Toronto Maple Leafs (Canada)

D         Shayne Gostisbehere – Philadelphia Flyers (USA)

D         Jacob Trouba Canada – Winnipeg Jets (USA)

D         Colton Parayko – St. Louis Blues (Canada)

F          Sean Couturier – Philadelphia Flyers (Canada)

F          Jack Eichel – Buffalo Sabres (USA)

F          Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary Flames (USA)

F          Dylan Larkin – Detroit Red Wings (USA)

F          Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche (Canada)

F          Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers (Canada)

F          J. T. Miller – New York Rangers (USA)

F          Sean Monahan – Calgary Flames (Canada)

F          Brandon Saad – Columbus Blue Jackets (USA)

F          Jonathan Drouin – Tampa Bay Lightning (Canada)

F          Auston Matthews – Toronto Maple Leafs (USA)

F          Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton Oilers (Canada)

F          Mark Scheifele – Winnipeg Jets (Canada)



Team Russia:

G         Sergei Bobrovsky – Columbus Blue Jackets

G         Semyon Varlamov – Colorado Avalanche

G         Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning

D         Alexei Emelin – Montreal Canadiens

D         Dmitri Kulikov – Buffalo Sabres

D         Alexey Marchenko – Detroit Red Wings

D         Andrei Markov – Montreal Canadiens

D         Dmitry Orlov – Washington Capitals

D         Nikita Nesterov – Tampa Bay Lightning

D         Nikita Zaitsev – Toronto Maple Leafs

F          Artem Anisimov – Chicago Blackhawks

F          Evgeny Dadonov – SKA Saint Petersburg

F          Pavel Datsyuk – SKA Saint Petersburg

F          Nikita Kucherov – Tampa Bay Lightning

F          Nikolay Kulemins – New York Islanders

F          Evgeny Kuznetsov – Washington Capitals

F          Evgeni Malkin – Pittsburgh Penguins

F          Vladislav Namestnikov – Tampa Bay Lightning

F          Alexander Ovechkin – Washington Capitals

F          Artemi Panarin – Chicago Blackhawks

F          Vadim Shipachyov – SKA Saint Petersburg

F          Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis Blues

F          Ivan Telegin – HC CSKA Moscow



Team Sweden:

G         Robin Lehner – Buffalo Sabres

G         Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers

G         Jacob Markström – Vancouver Canucks

D         Mattias Ekholm – Nashville Predators

D         Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Arizona Coyotes

D         Victor Hedman – Tampa Bay Lightning

D         Niklas Hjalmarsson – Chicago Blackhawks

D         Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators

D         Niklas Kronwall – Detroit Red Wings

D         Anton Strålman – Tampa Bay Lightning

F          Nicklas Bäckström – Washington Capitals

F          Loui Eriksson – Vancouver Canucks

F          Filip Forsberg – Nashville Predators

F          Patric Hörnqvist – Pittsburgh Penguins

F          Carl Hagelin – Pittsburgh Penguins

F          Marcus Krüger – Chicago Blackhawks

F          Gabriel Landeskog – Colorado Avalanche

F          Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks

F          Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks

F          Jakob Silfverberg – Anaheim Ducks

F          Carl Söderberg – Colorado Avalanche

F          Alexander Steen – St. Louis Blues

F          Henrik Zetterberg – Detroit Red Wings


Group Play Schedule:

Group A

  • September 17, 2016 3:30 PM

Team Europe vs. United States

Bishop’s probably not playing because Quick and Schneider are on the team.

  • September 17, 2016 8:00 PM

Canada vs. Czech Republic

Stamkos vs. Palat and Sustr

  • September 19, 2016 3:00 PM

Czech Republic vs. Team Europe

If Slovakia’s governing body wasn’t so corrupt that no one will play for them, this would be a great grudge match game between former neighbors.

  • September 20, 2016 8:00 PM

Canada vs. United States

…I kinda don’t want to see Stammer score on Bish. But again, he probably won’t play much.

  • September 21, 2016 8:00 PM

Canada vs. Team Europe

Stamkos scoring on the Islanders’ Greiss or Halak might help him feel better about missing the 2nd round last season.

  • September 22, 2016 8:00 PM

Czech Republic vs. United States

Sustr and Palat vs. Bish.


Group B

  • September 18, 2016 3:00 PM

Russia vs. Sweden

Our top shutdown pair vs. the Russian Assassin, Baby Goalie, Russian Beiber and the next in line to be Matt Carle.

  • September 18, 2016 8:00 PM

Finland vs. Team North America

Val passes, Drouin scores.

  • September 19, 2016 8:00 PM

Team North America vs. Russia

Jo’s offensive magic vs. all those Russians

  • September 20, 2016 3:00 PM

Finland vs. Sweden

Spatula vs. Heddy and Stralsy

  • September 21, 2016 3:00 PM

Team North America vs. Sweden

Tell me you don’t want to see Jo try to get through Heddy.

  • September 22, 2016 3:00 PM

Finland vs. Russia

Well, you’re not going to see Spatula shooting on Vasi, that’s for sure.


This tournament may not have the cachet of the Olympics, but then again, this isn’t a Winter Olympic year. We still get to watch international hockey, we get a lot of Lightning players, and hopefully we’ll have one or more of our boys come home with some hardware.