Giroux, Duchene highlight Canada's initial World Championship roster

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

Team Canada revealed its initial roster for the 2017 World Championship on Wednesday, designating 18 players to the tournament, which will be played in France and Germany.

Canada's brain trust includes Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall and Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, who will assume the same role overseas, and will have plenty familiar faces to work with.

The players listed on the team so far are as follows:


Player Team
Sean Couturier Flyers
Matt Duchene Avalanche
Claude Giroux Flyers
Alex Killorn Lightning
Travis Konecny Flyers
Ryan O'Reilly Sabres
Nathan MacKinnon Avalanche
Brayden Point Lightning
Mark Scheifele Jets
Wayne Simmonds Flyers
Jeff Skinner Hurricanes


Player Team
Tyson Barrie Avalanche
Calvin De Haan Islanders
Jason Demers Panthers
Michael Matheson Panthers
Josh Morrissey Jets


Player Team
Eric Comrie Jets
Calvin Pickard Avalanche

Of course, more players can and will fill out the remainder of the roster, which includes the option of adding members eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Canada has won back-to-back gold medals at the tournament, and will aim for a three-peat beginning May 5 versus Czech Republic.