Hockey Canada confirms O'Reilly to play at Worlds
At locker room cleanout day on April 10, Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly told the media that he had been reached out to for a position with Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship starting May 5 in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.
On Wednesday, Hockey Canada released its preliminary roster of 18 players for the 2017 Worlds, which confirmed that O'Reilly was on the roster.
This will be the third consecutive year in which O'Reilly competes at the World Championship with Canada. In the past two tournaments, Canada came away with gold medals in the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic and the 2016 tournament in Russia. O'Reilly has four goals and 19 points combined over the past two tournaments, and served as an alternate captain with Canada last year.
It will also be the fifth time O'Reilly has competed with Canada in this tournament. However, he put up just three goals and seven points in 15 combined games and no medals in the first two tournaments.
O'Reilly also competed in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada, registering a minus-1 rating in six games played.
Here is the rest of Canada's preliminary roster:
Hockey Canada announces first 18 players who have committed to playing at IIHF World Hockey Championship: pic.twitter.com/TfRF6Fzoay— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 19, 2017