CALGARY, AB – Team Canada General Manager, Jim Nill (Detroit Red Wings), along with Team Canada Assistant GM Don Maloney (NY Rangers) and Director, Player Personnel Lanny McDonald named two players that will represent Canada at the 2004 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, April 24-
The two players added to Team Canada's roster are:
- Steve Staios Defence Hamilton, ON Edmonton Oilers
- Jean-Pierre Dumont Forward Montreal, QC Buffalo Sabres
Staios is the 8th returning player from Canada's 2003 gold medal winning championship team in Finland, and is the fourth Edmonton Oilers player that has been named to join Team Canada for this year's event. The 2004 Men's Worlds will be Dumont's second international experience, as he was a member of Team Canada at the 1998 World Junior Championship in Helsinki.
Nill also announced that Atlanta Thrashers defenceman Andy Sutton, who was previously named to Team Canada on April 6th, has decided to not participate at the 2004 World Championship due to a nagging injury.
Canada's roster now stands at 17 players – three goaltenders, six defensemen and eight forwards. Additional players may be announced within the next week, and after the first round of the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs.
Joel Quenneville will lead Canada behind the bench as Head Coach, while Mike Babcock (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim) and Tom Renney (New York Rangers) will be assistant coaches.
Canada won gold at the 2003 Men's World Championship, as well a two gold medals in the 1990's - 1994 and again in 1997.
At this year's Championship in Finland, Canada is in a preliminary round group with Austria, France and Switzerland. Canada's first game at the 2004 IIHF World Hockey Championship will take place in Prague on April 25 versus Austria.
Canada will depart for Europe on April 16 and travel to Budapest, Hungary where the team will train for four days and play a game on April 20 versus Hungary, prior to arriving in Prague for the World Championship. The team will play another tune up game on April 22, in Prague, versus the Czech Republic.
The official broadcaster of the Hockey Canada, TSN/RDS, will have live TV coverage of the Men's Worlds, beginning with Canada's first game of the championship on April 25.