It's Official Blake's Out Of The World Cup

Hockey Canada confirmed Monday that Rob Blake would not be able to play in the World Cup of Hockey with an official announcement on Tuesday.

The Colorado defenceman injured his shoulder during last spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

Canada has been considering three possible replacements for Blake- Panther’s Jay Bouwmeester, Leafs’s Bryan McCabe and Scott Hannan of the Sharks. A decision will be made within next week said Hockey Canada

Sources say that Canada will select Hannan to replace Blake because of his excellant play during the playoffs shutting down other team’s best players.

Canada will lose one of it’s most experienced international players. Blake has represented his country five times in the World Championship, winning gold in 1994 and 1997. In addition, he has played for Canada in both the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, as well as the inaugural World Cup in 1996.