Karen’s Print Rite presents details about Joe Pavelski’s upcoming opportunity to represent the United States.
Joe Pavelski is among the first 16 players selected by USA Hockey to appear for Team USA during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto later this year.
The former Black Hawks captain and current captain of the San Jose Sharks is the oldest player named to the United States roster so far. He is one of a dozen Americans with prior international experience during the Olympic Games
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will take place from September 17th to October 1st and includes entries from Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. Additional squads representing “Europe” –with players from nations other than the ones mentioned previously –and “North America” – comprised of the top 23-and-under players from the United States and Canada – will also play during the event.
The 31-year-old Pavelski leads San Jose in both goals (29) and points (61). Named the Sharks’ captain prior to the beginning of the season, this is his tenth year in the Bay Area. At his current scoring pace, he has the chance to challenge his previous career highs in goals (41) and points (79), both set during the 2013/14 season.
Pavelski is a two-time U.S. Olympian (2010 and 2014), helping Team USA to silver during the 2010 Vancouver Games. He also represented the nation at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.
The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League, in cooperation with the IIHF and its member federations. The event has been conducted on twice previously. The U.S. won the inaugural competition in 1996.
USA Hockey will reveal the remaining seven players on its 23-man roster by June 1st.
Where Are They Now is presented by Karen’s Print Rite. Photo courtesy of the San Jose Sharks.