After busy summer, Blues captain turns attention to helping Team Canada.
It has been an eventful summer for St. Louis Blues defensemanÂ Alex Pietrangelo.
Pietrangelo already knew he’d be a member of Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which starts Sept. 17, but from getting married to his fiancÃ©e, Jayne, in July, to building a second house in his hometown of King City, Ontario, to go with his home in St. Louis, to being named the 21st captain in Blues history on Thursday, Pietrangelo has had a full plate.
He hasn’t allowed all the good things in his life to stop his training for the World Cup.
The majority of the players on Team Canada, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, were members of the Canada roster that won the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“It’s been a busy summer, getting married and all that. I had to flip the switch pretty quick,” Pietrangelo said. “It’s a little different having to play a month earlier than normal, but definitely excited to start the season. It’s certainly going to be a fun tournament.
“For me, I’ve played with a lot of these guys at the Olympics so to be able to reunite with most of them and have the opportunity to do something special again as a group, that’s a good feeling and it’s going to be some of the best hockey I’ve ever been a part of. I’m lucky and privileged to be named to that team.”
Pietrangelo will be joined on Team Canada’s roster at the World Cup by Blues teammateÂ Jay Bouwmeester, a late replacement for injured defensemanÂ Duncan KeithÂ of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Team Canada opens its training camp Sept. 5 in Ottawa.
The Blues ended last season with a six-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. With Pietrangelo and St. Louis hoping for another long playoff run this season, he has given a lot of thought to how much to train and when to scale back.