Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will be a part of Team Canada for next month’s IIHF World Championship in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany, it was announced Friday.
It is the second time in less than a calendar year that Vlasic will represent his country. Vlasic was part of Team Canada’s gold-medal winning team at the World Cup in Toronto — along with Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton — before the start of the 2016-17 regular season.
Vlasic also represented Canada and won gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He was also a part of Canadian world championship teams in 2009 and 2012. He helped Canada win silver in 2009 in Switzerland.
Forwards Mitch Marner and Brayden Schenn and goalie Chad Johnson were also named to Canada’s roster, which stands at 22 players, on Friday. Vlasic is one of six defensemen on the team, with former Shark Jason Demers already a part of the roster.
Team Canada is coached by Jon Cooper. The Canadians have a pre-tournament game May 2 against Switzerland in Geneva, then begin the World Championship tournament May 5 against the Czech Republic.