SUNRISE, Fla. – Hockey Canada announced today that Florida Panthers defensemen Jason Demers and Michael Matheson have been named to Team Canada’s roster for the 2017 IIHF Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship. The tournament will take place from May 5-21 at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France and LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany.
Demers, 28, played in 81 games for the Panthers recording 28 points and a career-high nine goals. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Dorval, Quebec, finished the season ranking second among Florida’s defensemen in goals, assists (19) and points, while averaging 19:36 time on ice per game. Demers will make his World Championship debut for Team Canada.
Matheson, 23, played in 81 games for the Panthers recording 17 points (7-10-17). His seven goals ranked him tied for second among the National Hockey League’s rookie defensemen. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec won a Gold Medal with Team Canada at the 2016 World Championship, producing six points (2-4-6) in 10 games. His six points tied him for the lead in scoring among Canada’s defensemen, while ranking him tied for second in scoring among defensemen in the tournament. Florida’s 2012 first round draft choice (23rd overall) was voted the tournament’s best defenseman.