Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Late Additions Bouwmeester, Perry and Couture Happy to Join Canada for World Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Late Additions Bouwmeester, Perry and Couture Happy to Join Canada for World Cup

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Late additions happy to join Canada for World Cup

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OTTAWA - Jay Bouwmeester is a late addition to Canada's World Cup team again, but he doesn't mind.

Bouwmeester, Corey Perry and Logan Couture were all tacked on to Canada's World Cup roster after the team's initial announcement, but when it comes to representing Canada a late invitation is better than none.

The 32-year-old Bouwmeester was also a late invite for the 2004 World Cup, replacing the injured Chris Pronger and appearing in four games.

"This is pretty different considering I was 20 years old for that one and was walking into a room with Mario Lemieux and Joe Sakic and I was just a kid," recalled the 13-year NHL veteran. "It was cool to be around all those guys, but me and Scott Hannan were kind of the seventh and eighth defencemen, but a couple more guys got hurt and I ended up getting to play. The whole experience was great."

This time around Bouwmeester is the veteran guy in the room. At 32 years of age he is the second oldest player on the roster with 37-year-old Joe Thornton holding the honour of being the oldest. Thornton is the only other player who represented Canada in the 2004 World Cup.

Bouwmeester and Couture echoed the sentiments of Perry when he said that it was an just to pull on a Canadian sweater.

"I'm here, that's all that matters," said Perry on Monday.

Despite the late invitation, Bouwmeester felt he was prepared for camp and was satisfied with his performance following Canada's 5-2 win over the United States on Saturday night where he had one goal through 15:51 of ice time.

Working in Bouwmeester's favour is his familiarity with head coach Mike Babcock through previous international tournaments. The St. Louis Blues defenceman was a member of the 2014 Olympic gold-medal winning team and 2004 world championship gold medal team, both coached by Babcock.

"I've had 'Bo' lots, he's a real good player, covers a ton of ice, got real good hockey sense," said Babcock of Bouwmeester. "There's something about 'Bo' on a national team -- he never is worried about doing anything except being 'Bo' and he kind of likes that and he's good at it. …

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