TORONTO/NEW YORK -- Forward Ryan O'Reilly will replace injured forward Tyler Seguin on Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.
Seguin, 24, played in the first two pretournament games against Team USA this weekend. He skated 13:16 in a 4-2 loss Friday and had an assist in a 5-2 win Saturday. Seguin (lower body) reportedly was a full participant in Team Canada practice Tuesday.
"I'm disappointed that I can't represent Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey," Seguin said in a statement released by the Stars. "Any time your country calls, it's a great honor and is something every kid from Canada dreams about getting the chance to do. While I'm upset that I don't get the opportunity to play, I understand the situation Team Canada is in with a short tournament. I wish all the best for that team, and the good news is that I'll get to be with my Stars teammates from Day One [of training camp]. We're excited to get the season going and we can't wait to get to Cedar Park and get to work."
Team Canada plays its final pretournament game against Team Russia at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports). It opens the World Cup against Team Czech Republic at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday.
"It's never easy to lose a player because of injury, let alone a player of the caliber of Tyler, but once again, it speaks to the depth of talent in the country to be able to add a Ryan O'Reilly to our team," said Doug Armstrong, general manager of Team Canada for the world Cup of hockey. "Ryan just won gold at Worlds alongside a number of our players in that dressing room, so we're expecting him to [jell] quickly as we wrap up our pretournament against Russia. On behalf of the coaching and management staff, and all of the players, we want to welcome Ryan and wish Tyler a speedy recovery."
Seguin had 33 goals and 40 assists in 72 games for the Dallas Stars last season. He missed the final 10 games of the regular season after having surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles tendon. Seguin did not play in 12 of 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Dallas because of hamstring and Achilles injuries.
In six NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins and Stars, Seguin has 163 goals and 192 assists in 426 regular-season games. He has seven goals and 14 assists in 49 playoff games.
O'Reilly, 25, had 21 goals and 39 assists in 71 games in his first season with the Buffalo Sabres. He was traded by the Colorado Avalanche to Buffalo on June 26, 2015. In seven seasons with the Avalanche and Sabres, O'Reilly has 111 goals and 195 assists in 498 regular-season games.
The World Cup begins Saturday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
G Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
D Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
D Jay Bouwmeester, St. Louis Blues
D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
D Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings
D Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
D Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens
F Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
F Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
F Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche
F Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
F Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
F Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
F Ryan O'Reilly, Buffalo Sabres *
F Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
F John Tavares, New York Islanders
F Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
F Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
* named to roster Tuesday