Winnipeg Jets players named to World Cup of Hockey rosters

Goalies Ondrej Pavelec and Connor Hellebuyck, forward Blake Wheeler and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien named to World Cup teams Wednesday.

4 Jets players named to preliminary squads ahead of international tournament in September

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec will play for Team Czech Republic, and says he's excited to play with friends from his hometown. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Winnipeg Jets will be represented at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey this September, and four players were named to the 16-player preliminary rosters announced Wednesday.

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec will play for Team Czech Republic.  

The Jets netminder says he's excited to be a part of the team, and he's particularly looking forward to playing with forwards Michael Frolik of the Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers' Jakub Voracek, who he grew up with in his hometown of Kladno, Czech Republic.

"You know we are going to play together again," Pavelec said.  

"I'm pretty sure on that team there is like five or six players from my hometown. So that's pretty good and I'm really excited and we always have fun with Michael and Jakub."

Team USA named Jets forward Blake Wheeler and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to its 16-man preliminary roster. Meanwhile, Connor Hellebuyck, who currently plays for the AHL's Manitoba Moose, will be a part of Team North America.

No Jets were named to Team Canada, but Winnipeg born Jonathan Toews will be a part of the Canadian squad.

Team Canada is the defending World Cup of Hockey champion, winning the title in the last tournament in 2004.

The teams will have to announce their final 23-man rosters by June 1, and the World Cup of Hockey tournament kicks off in Toronto on Sept. 17.