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WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY

Canada's Tyler Seguin out due to injury, replaced by Ryan O'Reilly

By Mike Zeisberger, Toronto Sun

PITTSBURGH - 

Team Canada has lost the services of Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin for the World Cup of Hockey.

"Yes, he's out," Team Canada GM Doug Armstrong told Postmedia on Tuesday night.

Seguin will be replaced by Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly.

“It’s never easy to lose a player to injury, let alone one of Tyler’s caliber, 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,” Armstrong said. “Ryan just won gold at Worlds alongside a number of our players in that dressing room, so we’re expecting him to be able to gel quickly as we wrap up our pre-tournament against Russia.

"On behalf of our coaching and management staff, and all of the players, we want to welcome Ryan and wish Tyler a speedy recovery.”

Seguin suffered a partial tear of his Achilles late last season and missed two rounds of the playoffs. He underwent surgery during the offseason and declared himself ready to go for the World Cup during the Biosteel camp in Toronto three weeks ago.

"I'm ready to rock and roll," Seguin said at the time.

Now he has suffered yet another setback.

While Team Canada officials were vague on the extent of Seguin's latest injury, he is not believed to be in a condition where he'll miss a lengthy period of time.

O’Reilly, 25, was one of only three players to win back-to-back IIHF World Championship gold with Canada in 2015 and 2016. In addition to wearing the Maple Leaf at two other IIHF World Championships (2012, 2013) and the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championship, O’Reilly has won gold with Canada at the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, and captained Ontario to a gold medal at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

O’Reilly will join Team Canada for Wednesday’s pre-tournament game against Russia in Pittsburgh.

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