Dallas Stars right wing Ales Hemsky, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin, and top NHL Draft prospect Patrik Laine are among the players added Friday as final rosters were being announced for this fall's World Cup of Hockey.
The tournament, which will air on ESPN networks, will be played at the Air Canada Center in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1 and feature eight teams -- Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America.
The first 16 players for each roster were announced in March, with the final seven being unveiled Friday. The complete Finland, Russia, and Czech Republic rosters were announced early this morning, and Sweden will be released at 11 a.m. The final rosters for Europe, USA, North America, and Canada will be announced Friday evening.
Laine, the high-scoring right wing for Tappara Tampere in Finland, was named MVP at the recently completed World Hockey Championships in Moscow. He is projected to be among the top three selections in the June NHL Draft, and joins a Team Finland squad that includes Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula.
Emelin will be playing with a Russian team that features St. Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko and longtime Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk. Hemsky joins Boston Bruins center David Krejci and San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl with the Czech Republic squad.
The full rosters for Finland, Russia, and the Czech Republic:
Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators; Mikko Koskinen, SKA. St. Petersburg. Defensemen: Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars; Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins; Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres; Sami Vatanen; Anaheim Ducks; Jyrki Jokipakka, Calgary Flames; Sami Lepisto, Salavat Yulaev UFA; Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks. Forwards: Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks; Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild; Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers; Mikko Koivu, Wild; Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs; Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers; Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues; Teuvo Teravainen, Blackhawks; Sebastian Aho, Karpat Oulu; Erik Haula, Wild; Patrik Laine, Tappara Tampere.
Goalies: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets; Semyon Varlamov; Colorado Avalanche; Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning. Defensemen: Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers; Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens; Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals; Viatcheslav Voynov, SKA Saint-Petersburg; Nikita Zayatsev, Toronto Maple Leafs; Alexei Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings; Alexei Emelin, Canadiens. Forwards: Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks; Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings; Nikita Kucherov, Lightning; Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders; Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Vladislav Namestnikov, Lightning; Alex Ovechkin, Capitals; Artemi Panarin, Blackhawks; Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues; Evgenii Dadonov, SKA Saint-Petersburg; Vadim Shipachev, SKA Saint-Petersburg; Ivan Telegin, CSKA Moscow.
Goalies: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings; Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers; Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets. Defensemen: Radko Gudas, Flyers; Michal Kempny, Avangard Omsk; Roman Polak; San Jose Sharks; Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames; Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes; Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes. Forwards: Michael Frolik, Flames; Martin Hanzal, Coyotes; Tomas Hertl, Sharks; David Krejci, Boston Bruins; Ondrej Palat, Lightning; David Pastrnak, Bruins; Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens; Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk; Jakub Voracek, Flyers; Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars; Radek Faksa, Stars; Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs; Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues.