Canada’s National Men’s Team wins 13th Spengler Cup at historic tourney
DAVOS, Switzerland – Canada’s National Men’s Team went undefeated and skated away with its 13th championship at the 2015 Spengler Cup following a 4-3 win over HC Lugano on New Year’s Eve.
HC Lugano’s Gregory Hofmann opened the scoring at 8:49 in the first, but Canada’s Keaton Ellerby (Strathmore, Alta./Barys Astana, KHL) responded seven minutes later to tie the game at one apiece heading into the first intermission. Team Canada took a two-goal lead early in the second, which was cut in half on a power-play goal by HC Lugano who then tied it up just five minutes into the third frame. Matt D’Agostini (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Genève-Servette, SUI) scored the game-winner at 8:13 of the third period, and goaltender Jeff Glass (Calgary/Dinamo Minsk, KHL) turned away a total of 31 shots to secure the championship.
“We had such a special group of guys – it is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Aaron Johnson (Port Hawkesbury, N.S./Stockton, AHL), who assisted on D’Agostini’s third-period goal. “I came in not knowing a lot about the tournament, and the atmosphere was more than I could ever imagine. The fans were amazing and I had so much fun playing for Team Canada with all of the families in the stands and people watching back home. What an experience – so proud.”
In the 31 years Canada has participated in the invitational, it has scored its way to the championship game 22 times, tallying 13 wins and nine second-place finishes. This is the team’s first championship win since 2012.
“What an awesome opportunity to represent Canada and win such a prestigious tournament,” said assistant coach Rob Cookson (Lacombe, Alta./ZSC Lions, SUI). “We had an outstanding group of players that fit together quickly and really bought into the challenge. Hockey Canada sets a high standard of excellence in the preparation and detail for an event such as this – our job as coaches is made a lot easier with such dedicated athletes and the support of Hockey Canada.”
The Spengler Cup is the oldest invitational hockey tournament in the world; it was first held in 1923, and was originally created as a means to promote teams from German-speaking countries in Europe following the First World War.