World Cup of Hockey: Canada's final roster is announced, sans Subban

The final roster is in, and these are the 23 players who will represent Canada in Toronto.

Canada is a favourite in virtually every international hockey competition, and September's reboot of the World Cup will be no exception. Today, Hockey Canada released the final names to be included on this year's roster. The newly added names can be seen in bold below.

Player Position League Current Team
Carey Price G NHL Montreal Canadiens
Braden Holtby G NHL Washington Capitals
Corey Crawford G NHL Chicago Blackhawks

Marc-Edouard Vlasic D NHL San Jose Sharks
Duncan Keith D NHL Chicago Blackhawks
Shea Weber D NHL Nashville Predators
Drew Doughty D NHL Los Angeles Kings
Alex Pietrangelo D NHL St. Louis Blues
Jake Muzzin D NHL Los Angeles Kings
Brent Burns D NHL San Jose Sharks

Joe Thornton F NHL San Jose Sharks
Brad Marchand F NHL Boston Bruins
Claude Giroux F NHL Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Duchene F NHL Colorado Avalanche
Jamie Benn F NHL Dallas Stars
Patrice Bergeron F NHL Boston Bruins
Steven Stamkos F NHL Tampa Bay Lightning
Jeff Carter F NHL Los Angeles Kings
John Tavares F NHL New York Islanders
Sidney Crosby F NHL Pittsburgh Penguins
Jonathan Toews F NHL Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Getzlaf F NHL Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin F NHL Dallas Stars

When the preliminary roster was announced back in March, Hockey Canada brass made it very clear that Carey Price was their choice to start in nets. Given his magnificent performance during the gold medal effort in Sochi, that job will be his as long as he is good to go when the action starts. On the off chance he isn't, the heir apparent would have to be Braden Holtby.

Eyebrows were definitely raised when Marc-Edouard Vlasic made the preliminary roster over P.K. Subban, and they'll stay there now that he is definitely not going. Putting aside bias, Subban is definitely one of the best defencemen Canada has to offer, and his exclusion is a pretty significant oversight.

In any case, the overall roster is very strong, which is important because Canada will as always have the pressure of only one desired result.

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