Grubauer added to Team Europe roster, Kopitar named captain


Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer has been added to Team Europe’s World Cup roster. The 24-year-old German will replace Frederik Andersen, who will miss the tournament with an upper-body injury.

Team Europe’s other netminders are Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss. With Andersen out, the two Islanders teammates are expected to compete for starting duties, with Grubauer now a third option.

In other Team Europe news, Slovenia’s Anze Kopitar has been named the captain of the squad. Veteran defensemen Zdeno Chara and Mark Streit will each wear an “A”.

Team Europe opens the World Cup on Saturday, Sep. 17, against the United States. Canada and the Czech Republic are the other teams in its group.