Niskanen Makes USA World Cup Team


The final rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey were announced today. Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has been selected to represent the United States at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. 

From Capitals Press Release:

Niskanen joins Capitals teammates Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden), John Carlson (United States), Braden Holtby (Canada), Evgeny Kuznetsov (Russia), Dmitry Orlov (Russia), T.J. Oshie (United States) and Alex Ovechkin (Russia) at the tournament.

Niskanen, 29, represented the United States at the 2009 World Championship and the 2006 World Junior Championship. The Virginia, Minn., native registered 32 points (five goals, 27 assists) in 82 games this season. Niskanen reached the 30-point plateau for the fourth time in his career and registered a career high in power-play points (16). He played in all 82 games for the second time in his career and led the Capitals in time on ice per game (24:39). The 6’1”, 200-pound defenseman ranked second on the team in blocked shots (145) and third in hits (157) and ranked second among Capitals defensemen in points and assists and third in goals.

In addition, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada. The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17, 2016, through Oct. 1, 2016. The eight-team tournament will feature Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Team Europe, Team North America and the United States.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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