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2016 World Cup of Hockey: Claude Giroux kept off preliminary Canada roster

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If Canada snubs him again, they deserve nothing but our scorn.

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Claude Giroux was snubbed from Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics, and he missed out on a gold medal as a result. Might that happen again? He wasn't named to the preliminary roster of 16 players, released on Wednesday.

Giroux won gold with his country at the World Championship in 2015, along with Flyers teammates Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn. Couturier will be on the under-23 Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and Schenn seems like a long shot to make either club right now.

Giroux deserves to be there, and there are still seven more spots on the roster, so this is not complete yet. Another snub would be a damn tragedy, as Claude is one of the NHL's most prolific scorers over the last five years and an absolute stud of a play maker. The final roster will be released in June.