Two-time Olympic forward Phil Kessel failed to make the final cut for the United States' World Cup of Hockey roster Friday, a day after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final. In passing over the 10-year NHL veteran, Team USA officials filled the final four forward spots with Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky, Toronto's James van Riemsdyk, Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan and St. Louis captain David Backes.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel won't be representing the United States in the World Cup of Hockey, while 18-year-old Auston Matthews was among Team North America's final selections Friday. The Czech Republic couldn't convince Jaromir Jagr to compete.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is closing out his career with the only NHL team he has ever known. Drafted first overall by the Senators in 1996, the 38-year-old Phillips announced his retirement Thursday. ''Nineteen years of professional hockey takes a toll on a body,'' Phillips said.