The Florida Panthers added another player to the upcoming World Cup of Hockey and, no, it isn’t Jaromir Jagr.
Center Vincent Trocheck will join Team North America — the so-called ‘Young Guns’ team — at the upcoming tournament after Calgary’s Sean Monahan had to bow out with a back injury.
Team North America is comprised of players from the U.S. and Canada who are 23-and-under; Trocheck, from Pittsburgh, celebrated his 23rd birthday on July 11. He’ll join teammate Aaron Ekblad on the North American team with coach Gerard Gallant working the bench.
Former Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov — traded to Buffalo in June — will represent Russia in the tournament.
Florida’s Jussi Jokinen and Sasha Barkov will represent Finland at the tournament which features eight teams (six countries, the under-23 team and a European team comprised of country’s not represented with their own squad) and starts Sept. 17 in Toronto.
Jagr, 44, has said he has retired from international competition and is skipping the World Cup and is expected to report to Florida’s training camp when it opens Sept. 22.
Florida’s World Cup representatives will miss the start of camp as pool play isn’t complete until Sept. 22.