The Carolina Hurricanes will have two players — and head coach Bill Peters — participating this fall in the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
Canes defenseman Michal Jordan was named Friday to the final 23-man roster for the Czech Republic. Team Finland on Friday added forward Sebastian Aho, who the Canes drafted in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Peters earlier was named to the Team Canada coaching staff as an assistant to head coach Mike Babcock. Peters recently served as head coach as Canada won the gold medal in the IIHF World Championship in Russia.
The Canes were hopeful of having other players selected as the World Cup rosters were finalized for the tournament in Toronto. Defenseman Justin Faulk, an NHL All-Star last season, was on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team in the Sochi Games and also has competed internationally for the U.S. in World Championships.
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Aho, 18, was a member of the Finnish team that lost to Canada in the 2016 World Championship, and has impressed with his offensive skill and two-way play.
Jordan, 25, is due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and it’s not certain if the Canes plan to re-sign him.
The World Cup of Hockey, a joint effort of the NHL and NHL Players Association, is set Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto.