Duncan Keith was on Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey roster. Duncan Keith is also still nursing a knee injury, and the Blackhawks don’t want to risk any further injury to their star defenseman.
What is Doug Armstrong to do?
Replace Keith with his own defenseman, of course! Jay Bouwmeester has experience in international play, including a 2014 gold medal in Sochi. He’s also a lefty like Keith. Oh, and partner/future Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo is also on Team Canada.
It would’ve been shocking for Armstrong to not name him as a replacement. From the Blues’ press release:
Hockey Canada announced today that Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been added to Team Canada’s roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. The World Cup will begin Saturday, Sept. 17 and run through Saturday, Oct. 1.
Bouwmeester, 32, will be making his 11th appearance for Canada on the national stage. The Edmonton, Alberta, native is a six-time medalist, including earning gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2003 and 2004 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup.
Congrats to JBo. Now, like the rest of the Blues playing in the tournament, try not to get injured.