Roster Announced for Team Canada at the 2014 Spengler Cup


(ISN) – CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Tuesday the 24 players who will represent Canada at the 2014 Spengler Cup, Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland. The roster is comprised of Canadian players currently playing in Europe, as well as players currently playing in the American Hockey League loaned to Hockey Canada by NHL teams.

The roster was assembled by Canada’s National Men’s Team management group, led by Steve Tambellini and also including Craig Heisinger and Scott White, along with head coach Guy Boucher, assistant coach Serge Pelletier, and Shawn Bullock, Hockey Canada’s senior manager of hockey operations and men’s national teams.

“The Spengler Cup is always one of the most anticipated events on the international hockey calendar for Hockey Canada, and we’re excited these 24 players will wear the maple leaf later this month in Davos,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada. “The players we have selected are ambassadors for the Canadian game in North America and Europe, and we’re confident they will represent their country with pride and honour.”

Canada’s roster includes eight players who were part of Team Canada at last year’s Spengler Cup (Micki DuPont, Colby Genoway, Alexandre Giroux, Joel Kwiatkowski, Brett McLean, Byron Ritchie, Jim Vandermeer and Derrick Walser), and five who played for Canada’s National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship (Chris DiDomenico, Curtis Hamilton, Steve McCarthy, Ryan Parent and Jeff Tambellini).

This year’s Spengler Cup will include Canada’s National Men’s Team, KHL Medvescak Zagreb (CRO) and HC Davos (Switzerland), the host team, playing in the Cattini Group, and HC Genève-Servette (Switzerland), Jokerit Helsinki (FIN) and Salavat Yulaev Ufa (RUS) in the Torriani Group.

Canada opens the tournament Dec. 26 against HC Davos at 2:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. PT. Every game at the 2014 Spengler Cup will be broadcast on TSN or TSN2. Check your local listings for broadcast times.

Canada has appeared in 10 of the last 13 championship games, winning the Spengler Cup in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2012. Overall, Canada’s National Men’s Team has won the Spengler Cup 12 times (1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012) since first taking part in the tournament in 1984.

The Spengler Cup, held annually since 1923, is the oldest professional international hockey tournament in the world.

Date of Birth
Current Team
1 Nolan Schaefer R 6’2” 216 01/15/1980 Yellow Grass, Sask. SC Bern (SUI)
2 Jim Vandermeer L 6’1” 216 02/21/1980 Caroline, Alta./Alb. Kloten Flyers (SUI)
4 Bud Holloway R 6’0” 190 03/01/1988 Wapella, Sask. SC Bern (SUI)
5 Colby Genoway R 6’0” 196 12/12/1983 Morden, Man. Lausanne HC (SUI)
6 Brendan Mikkelson L 6’3” 205 06/22/1987 St. Albert, Alta./Alb. Toronto (AHL)
7 Jeff Tambellini L 5’11” 187 04/13/1984 Port Moody, B.C./C.-B. HC Fribourg-Gottéron (SUI)
8 Joel Kwiatkowski L 6’1” 203 03/22/1977 Kindersley, Sask. HC Fribourg-Gottéron (SUI)
9 Curtis Hamilton L 6’2” 218 04/12/1991 Kelowna, B.C./C.-B. Oklahoma City (AHL)
10 Alexandre Giroux L 6’3” 205 06/16/1981 Quebec City, Que./Qc HC Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
11 Ben Walter L 6’0” 190 05/11/1984 Langley, B.C./C.-B. EC Salzburg (AUT)
12 Stefano Giliati L 5’11” 198 10/07/1987 Montreal, Que./Qc Espoo Blues (FIN)
15 Brett McLean L 5’11” 185 08/14/1978 Comox, B.C./C.-B. HC Lugano (SUI)
17 Marc-André Gragnani L 6’2” 203 03/11/1987 Île-Bizard, Que./Qc SC Bern (SUI)
19 Steve McCarthy L 6’1” 109 02/03/1981 Trail, B.C./C.-B. SCL Tigers (SUI)
21 Jérôme Samson R 6’0” 194 09/04/1987 Greenfield Park, Que./Qc Syracuse (AHL)
22 Drew MacIntyre L 6’1” 190 06/24/1983 Charlottetown, P.E.I./I.-P.-E. Charlotte (AHL)
25 Micki DuPont R 5’10” 181 04/15/1980 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Kloten Flyers (SUI)
26 Mike Hedden L 5’10” 185 12/27/1984 Dunnville, Ont. Ässät Pori (FIN)
43 Derrick Walser L 5’10” 194 05/12/1978 New Glasgow, N.S./N.-É. Rapperswil –Jona Lakers (SUI)
47 Ryan Parent L 6’3” 198 03/17/1987 Sioux Lookout, Ont. St. John’s (AHL)
77 Ryan Martindale L 6’3” 183 10/27/1991 Brooklin, Ont. San Antonio (AHL)
78 Marc-Antoine Pouliot R 6’2” 205 05/22/1985 Quebec City, Que./Qc HC Fribourg-Gottéron (SUI)
89 Chris DiDomenico R 5’11” 172 02/20/1989 Woodbridge, Ont. SCL Tigers (SUI)
93 Byron Ritchie L 5’10” 194 04/24/1977 North Delta, B.C./C.-B. SC Bern (SUI)