The weatherford team has announced their 2019 international roster.
International Hockey Federation (IHF) President Jim Murray has announced the full line-up for the 2019 internationals, which will see the likes of Czech Republic’s Tomas Korostelev and Sweden’s Erik Haula, along with Sweden’s Patrik Berglund, play in the event in their home country.
Murray said:”We’re pleased to announce the full 2019 roster for our inaugural season.
Our players have a long history in the sport and the 2018 tournament provided them with an unforgettable experience.”
The 2019 Internationals will be held at the University of Manchester, which was the venue for the 2017 tournament.
The tournament was the first time that the IHF had staged a series of tournaments at the same venue in the UK, which saw the likes on Sweden, Czech Republic and the United States, among others, compete in a series that was played out in front of a capacity crowd of more than 200,000.
The 2019 IHF season will see a number of players retire, including Russia’s Alexander Kerfoot and the USA’s Alexei Emelin, as well as the likes the USA and Canada’s Ryan Callahan and Justin Fontaine, among many others.
Kerfoot has retired from international hockey, with a contract in the Czech Republic.
He was the IHL’s Most Valuable Player in 2016, with 23 goals and 50 points in 51 games, but was released from his contract in July and signed by the San Jose Sharks for $1.1 million in 2019.
Emelin, meanwhile, has retired after playing for the Czechs from 2012-15, but is still a member of the Czech National Team.
He also represented the Czech national team in the World Junior Championships in 2016.