The official rosters for the IIHF World Championships have been released, and there are several members of the Colorado Avalanche family involved.
Goaltender Semyon Varlamov will be representing Russia, on a talented team that also includes Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk. Varlamov is the only NHL goalie on the Russian roster, so I would expect him to get the majority of the starts in the tournament.
Center Ryan O’Reilly will be playing for Canada. Typically Canada enjoys giving their younger players experience at the international level in order to groom them for the Olympics. After his breakout season, I’m not surprised the Canadians came knocking on his door. Also part of the Canadian team is Avalanche Head trainer Matthew Sokolowski. He will serve as one of the trainers for the Canadians.
Left Winger Gabriel Landeskog will represent Sweden. This is a huge honor for a 19 year old, as he is still eligible to play in the Under 20s tournament. There is a bit of a rumor going around that he injured his hip, though I am not sure as to the severity of the injury (from a scale of “nonexistent” to “requires surgery”).
Team USA will boast two members of the Avalanche family. Paul Stastny will be wearing the red, white, and blue on the ice. Stastny has represented the United States several times before (most notably during the Olympics in 2010). Last year he was prepared to play during the World Championships, but discovered a stress fracture in his leg. (Had he played, he would have joined his older brother, Yan Stastny). The coach of the Avalanche’s AHL affiliate (the Lake Erie Monsters), David Quinn will be an assistant coach for the United States.