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Christian Ehrhoff, Luca Sbisa, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Marian Gaborik, Nino Niederreiter and Tobias Rieder were added to Team Europe’s 23-man roster on Friday.
Thomas Greiss has been rewarded for his good first season with the New York Islanders. The German puck stopper was one of seven players added to Team Europe’s final roster for the World Cup of Hockey on Friday.
Greiss, who joins fellow Isles’ goaltender Jaroslav Halak, had a solid post-season posting a 2.46 G.A.A. and a .923 save percentage in 11 games filling in for Halak. The 30-year-old was 23-11-3 in 41 regular season appearances to go along with a .925 save percentage and a 2.36 G.A.A. Internationally, Greiss represented Germany at the most recent world championship in Russia.
On the blue line, Christian Ehrhoff and Luca Sbisa join Zdeno Chara, Roman Josi, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrej Sekera and Mark Streit. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Marian Gaborik, Tobias Rieder and Nino Niederreiter round out Team Europe’s forward group on the 23-man roster.
Team Europe features a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
G Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks (Denmark)
G Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders (Germany) *
G Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders (Slovakia)
D Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (Slovakia)
D Christian Ehrhoff, Chicago Blackhawks (Germany) *
D Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (Switzerland)
D Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks (Switzerland) *
D Dennis Seidenberg, Boston Bruins (Germany)
D Andrej Sekera, Edmonton Oilers (Slovakia)
D Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers (Switzerland)
F Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia Flyers (France) *
F Mikkel Boedker, Colorado Avalanche (Denmark)
F Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers (Germany)
F Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings (Slovakia) *
F Jannik Hansen, Vancouver Canucks (Denmark)
F Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks (Slovakia)
F Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (Slovenia)
F Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild (Switzerland) *
F Frans Nielsen, New York Islanders (Denmark)
F Tobias Rieder, Arizona Coyotes (Germany) *
F Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings (Slovakia)
F Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild (Austria)
F Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers (Norway)