Team Europe (ice hockey)

Team Europe was an international ice hockey team created for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. It was jointly administered by the IIHF and NHL and represented countries in Europe not represented by their own national team, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. Team Europe players wore badges with their respective nations' flags on their jerseys.[2]

Europe
Shirt badge/Association crest
General managerSlovakia Miroslav Šatan
Head coachGermany Ralph Krueger
AssistantsCanada Paul Maurice Brad Shaw
CaptainSlovenia Anže Kopitar[1]
Top scorerSlovakia Tomáš Tatar (3)
Most pointsSlovenia Anže Kopitar
Norway Mats Zuccarello (4)
Team colors       
Team Europe jerseys 2016 (WCH).png
First international
North America 4–0 Europe
(Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; 8 September 2016)
Biggest win
Europe 6–2 Sweden 
(Washington, D.C., United States; 14 September 2016)
Biggest defeat
North America 4–0 Europe
(Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; 8 September 2016)
World Cup of Hockey
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultSimple silver cup.svg 2nd: (2016)
International record (W–L–T)
4–5–0

2016 World Cup of HockeyEdit

Team Europe played its first pre-tournament game on September 8, 2016. They were defeated 4–0 by Team North America at the Videotron Centre, in Quebec City.

The team played 3 group stage games; a 3–0 shutout win over the United States, a 3–2 overtime win against Czech Republic, and a 4–1 defeat to Canada. Team Europe finished second in the group behind Canada and advanced to the knockout stage.

Europe faced Sweden in the semi-final where they would win 3–2 in overtime on a goal by Tomáš Tatar. In the best-of-three final against Canada, Europe was defeated, losing 3–1 and 2–1 in two games.

Team Europe finished the tournament as runners-up with a 3–3–0 record overall, scoring 11 goals and conceding 14 in six games.

TeamEdit

RosterEdit

Roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Head coach: Ralph Krueger

No. Pos. Name Height Weight Birthdate Team
1 G   Thomas Greiss 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 103 kg (227 lb) (1986-01-29)January 29, 1986 (aged 30)   New York Islanders
31 G   Philipp Grubauer 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 83.5 kg (184 lb) (1991-11-25)November 25, 1991 (aged 24)   Washington Capitals
41 G   Jaroslav Halák 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1985-05-13)May 13, 1985 (aged 31)   New York Islanders
33 D   Zdeno Chára (A) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 110 kg (240 lb) (1977-03-18)March 18, 1977 (aged 39)   Boston Bruins
10 D   Christian Ehrhoff 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1982-07-06)July 6, 1982 (aged 34) Free Agent
59 D   Roman Josi 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1990-06-01)June 1, 1990 (aged 26)   Nashville Predators
5 D   Luca Sbisa 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1990-01-30)January 30, 1990 (aged 26)   Vancouver Canucks
44 D   Dennis Seidenberg 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1981-07-18)July 18, 1981 (aged 35)   New York Islanders
2 D   Andrej Sekera 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1986-06-08)June 8, 1986 (aged 30)   Edmonton Oilers
7 D   Mark Streit (A) 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1977-12-11)December 11, 1977 (aged 38)   Philadelphia Flyers
78 LW   Pierre-Édouard Bellemare 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 90 kg (200 lb) (1985-03-06)March 6, 1985 (aged 31)   Philadelphia Flyers
89 LW   Mikkel Bødker 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 91 kg (201 lb) (1989-12-16)December 16, 1989 (aged 26)   San Jose Sharks
29 C   Leon Draisaitl 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 97 kg (214 lb) (1995-10-27)October 27, 1995 (aged 20)   Edmonton Oilers
12 RW   Marián Gáborík 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 93 kg (205 lb) (1982-02-14)February 14, 1982 (aged 34)   Los Angeles Kings
36 RW   Jannik Hansen 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 88 kg (194 lb) (1986-03-15)March 15, 1986 (aged 30)   Vancouver Canucks
81 RW   Marián Hossa 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 95 kg (209 lb) (1979-01-12)January 12, 1979 (aged 37)   Chicago Blackhawks
11 C   Anže Kopitar (C) 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 103 kg (227 lb) (1987-08-24)August 24, 1987 (aged 29)   Los Angeles Kings
22 LW   Nino Niederreiter 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 96 kg (212 lb) (1992-09-08)September 8, 1992 (aged 24)   Minnesota Wild
51 C   Frans Nielsen 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 82 kg (181 lb) (1984-04-24)April 24, 1984 (aged 32)   Detroit Red Wings
8 RW   Tobias Rieder 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 84 kg (185 lb) (1993-01-10)January 10, 1993 (aged 23)   Arizona Coyotes
21 LW   Tomáš Tatar 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 80 kg (180 lb) (1990-12-01)December 1, 1990 (aged 25)   Detroit Red Wings
26 LW   Thomas Vanek 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 99 kg (218 lb) (1984-01-19)January 19, 1984 (aged 32)   Detroit Red Wings
63 RW   Mats Zuccarello 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 81 kg (179 lb) (1987-09-01)September 1, 1987 (aged 29)   New York Rangers

Source: National Hockey League's official website[3]

Frederik Andersen was originally selected but could not participate due to injury. He was replaced by Philipp Grubauer.

All-time record against nationsEdit

Team GP W L OTL GF GA
  Canada 3 0 3 0 3 9
  Czech Republic 1 1 0 0 3 2
North America 2 0 2 0 4 11
  Sweden 2 2 0 0 9 4
  United States 1 1 0 0 3 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Benjamin, Amalie (6 September 2016). "Anze Kopitar named Team Europe captain". NHL.com. National Hockey League's organization. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  2. ^ Matt Higgins (September 18, 2016). "With No Flag, Team Europe's Players Rally Around Themselves at World Cup of Hockey". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  3. ^ Satriano, David (28 May 2016). "Team Europe releases World Cup roster". NHL.com. National Hockey League's organization. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

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