CALGARY, Alta. – Twenty-three Canadian players pursuing their professional hockey careers overseas will be skating under their nation’s flag during the three-day Deutschland Cup, Nov. 4-6 in Augsburg, Germany.
Hockey Canada and Deutschland Cup general manager, Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL), have confirmed the Team Canada roster in advance of the pre-competition camp, which takes place in Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, and includes an exhibition game against the Hungarian national team on Nov. 1.
“We’re all in this because we love the game and appreciate the talent that it takes to play at this level; building this team for the Deutschland Cup has been a great experience, and a strong reminder of just how much talent Canada produces, and those players’ impact on teams around the world,” said Burke. “We’re eager to get started with our pre-competition camp in Hungary, and to hit the ice in Augsburg next month.”
Three Canadian players from the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL) will also join Team Canada for the pre-competition camp and the Nov. 1 pre-competition game against the Hungarian national team only. They include:
· Forwards Riley Holzapfel (Regina/Vienna Capitals) and John Lammers (Langley, B.C./HC Innsbruck); and
· Defenceman Jamie Fraser (Sarnia, Ont./Vienna Capitals).
Earlier this month, Hockey Canada announced the return of Dave King (Saskatoon, Sask.) to Team Canada as head coach of the Deutschland Cup squad; King will lead the coaching staff which also comprises assistant coaches Mike Pelino (Welland, Ont.), Luke Richardson (Ottawa), and Mike Stewart (Calgary).
This will be the red-and-white’s first appearance at the Deutschland Cup since 2014.
Canada has taken part in the tournament on 17 occasions (1992-2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), winning four gold medals (2000, 2002, 2005, 2008).
Canada’s National Men’s Team opens the Deutschland Cup on Nov. 4 against Switzerland; the team plays Slovakia on Nov. 5, and Germany on Nov. 6.