‘Worst Team Canada roster ever’: Myers takes cheeky shot at critics after winning gold at Worlds

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Mike Gould
10 months ago
And Tyler Myers is unmoved by your criticism.
The veteran Vancouver Canucks defenceman took to Instagram shortly after helping Team Canada capture gold at the 2023 IIHF World Championship on Sunday, posting a selection of images from the tournament with a clever caption:
“Worst Team Canada Roster Ever”
Myers was, of course, referencing the widespread ridicule of Team Canada’s roster for the tournament, which saw them defeat Team Germany 5–2 in the championship game on Sunday at Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland.
Instead of the usual collection of National Hockey League superstars typically seen at other international tournaments, the Canadian roster for the 2023 Worlds was more of a hodgepodge of all sorts of different players.
With the likes of Michael Carcone, Brad Hunt, and Sammy Blais slotted in next to more established talent like Tyler Toffoli, Lawson Crouse, and MacKenzie Weegar — plus the unorthodox inclusion of Milan Lucic — few onlookers expected Team Canada to dominate at this year’s Worlds.
And even though they didn’t run the table in the preliminary round, the Canadians defeated Finland and Latvia in the knockout stages before overpowering Team Germany for gold.
For his part, Myers collected one single point — a goal — while logging a ton of ice time in 10 games at the tournament. He logged 24:44 against Team Germany on Sunday, second among Canadian skaters (behind only Weegar).
The Canucks signed Myers to a five-year contract as an unrestricted free agent back in 2019. The six-foot-eight defenceman, who shoots right, appeared in 78 of 82 games with the Canucks during the 2022–23 regular season, scoring one goal and adding 16 assists.
The Buffalo Sabres originally selected Myers in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. The Houston, Texas product has skated in 918 career NHL regular-season games with the Sabres, Canucks, and Winnipeg Jets, amassing 88 goals and 342 points; he’s added seven goals and 15 points in 49 playoff contests.

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