Medicine Hat, AB — Former Medicine Hat Tiger Jay Bouwmeester is headed to the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada as he will replace Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Kieth. This won’t be the first time the 32 year old is representing Canada. Previous to this nomination Bouwmeester has put on the Maple Leaf 6 different times and has won 8 medals including 3 straight World Junior Medals (2 bronze, 1 silver).
Read the press release from NHL.com below….
TORONTO/NEW YORK — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was added to Team Canada’s 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, Hockey Canada announced Wednesday.
Bouwmeester replaces Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, who will miss the tournament to give his right knee, which he injured last season, more time to heal.
Bouwmeester, 32, is entering his 14th NHL season. He had three goals and 16 assists in 72 games last season and ranked second on the Blues by averaging 23:06 of ice time per game. He had four assists in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping St. Louis reach the Western Conference Final. Bouwmeester has 81 goals and 376 points in 990 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames and Blues, and was a member of Team Canada when it won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship and the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Keith, 33, had 43 points (nine goals, 34 assists) in 67 regular-season games for the Blackhawks last season. He had three goals and two assists in six playoff games. Keith has helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup three times (2010, 2013, 2015) and won a gold medal with Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and in 2014. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2010 and 2014.
“As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey,” Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement. “We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury.”
Bouwmeester is the second player to be added to Team Canada’s roster in as many days; San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture replaced Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn, who is recovering from core muscle surgery, on Tuesday.
Eight teams — Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA — will compete at the World Cup from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 in Toronto. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs.