Hannan eighth Shark to play in World Cup

CALGARY, Alberta -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan's strong performance during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs paid off.

Hannan was added to Team Canada's roster for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey on Thursday, replacing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Rob Blake, who removed himself from the team Tuesday due to a shoulder injury.

A native of Richmond, British Columbia, Hannan appeared in all 82 games with San Jose last season, recording career highs with six goals, 15 assists and a plus-10 rating. He helped lead the Sharks to their first appearance in the Western Conference finals with seven points and a plus-7 mark in 17 postseason contests.

"Scott had a great season and an outstanding playoff run with the Sharks, and we are pleased to name him to Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey," executive director Wayne Gretzky said.

Hannan, 25, was selected 23rd overall by the Sharks in the 1997 draft. He has 15 goals, 64 assists and 233 penalty minutes in 348 career games.

The World Cup of Hockey, which begins August 30, will be Hannan's first appearance for Canada in international