The final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey were released over the course of the day and one more Islander made the list.
Thomas Greiss will join teammates (for now) Frans Nielsen and Jaroslav Halak on the multinational Team Europe, a reward for a breakout NHL season that saw him play a career high in games, sit among the league leaders in save percentage and backstop the Islanders to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
Also added to Team Europe tonight were Tobias Rieder of the Coyotes, flying Frenchman Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of the Flyers and Nino Niederreiter of the Minnesota Wild.
The majority of the roster was set back in March. Named to the team were Anze Kopitar, Mats Zuccarello and Marians Gaborik and Hossa, along with Thomas Vanek, Zdeno Chara and Mark Streit.
Basically, if you want to watch this thing and root for either a past or present Islander, Team Europe is your jam. Hell, Miro Satan of all people is the guy who put the damn roster together.
Or you can support Islanders captain and all-around role model John Tavares and Team Canada. Or you can go rogue and cheer for Team Russia featuring Nikolay Kulemin. Or you can back the Teen Titans of Team North America, which added hot shot presumptive first overall pick Auston Mathews.
Or you can wave the stars and stripes and pull for good ol' Team USA, despite the fact that it snubbed Kyle Okposo (again!), Nick Leddy and Phil Kessel (seriously?) in favor of guys like Justin Abdelkader, Ryan Callahan and Jack Johnson (SERIOUSLY?). At least Jack Capuano is on the coaching staff.
All of the rosters and announcements can be read at the SBN Hockey homebase. No matter where you're from or who you choose to root for, there's one thing we can all agree one: FOR GOD'S SAKE DON'T GET HURT.
Of course, a few of these guys might not be Islanders come September, but that doesn't matter. Congrats to everyone who got selected and a big Screw 'Em to everyone who didn't.