DAVOS, SUI – The 2010 Spengler Cup is set to open with two games on Boxing Day, December 26, with Canada’s National Men’s Team playing its first game on Monday, December 27 against a to-be-determined opponent.
In its first game, Canada will play the loser of Sunday’s game between the host team, HC Davos (Switzerland), and Spartak Moscow (Russia). It will play the winner of that game in its second and final preliminary round game on Tuesday.
Both of Canada’s preliminary round games at the 2010 Spengler Cup, as well as both quarter-finals, both semifinals and the championship game on New Year’s Eve, will be shown on TSN or TSN 2.
Canada’s roster is mainly comprised of Canadian-born players currently playing in Europe. The team was selected by Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s executive vice-president of hockey operations/national teams, and Mark Black, Hockey Canada’s manager of hockey operations/national teams, along with head coach Mark Messier (Edmonton, Alta.) and assistant coaches Doug Shedden (Wallaceburg, Ont.) and Bill Moores (Edmonton, Alta.).
Canada’s roster includes ten players who were part of last year’s team, which finished in fourth place (Aubin, DuPont, Jackman, Roche, Curtis Murphy, McLean, Bell, Vigier, Brooks, Brown, Down), six players who have seen action for Canada at the IIHF World Championship (Brown, DuPont, Metropolit, Kwiatkowski, Cory Murphy, Kariya) and six players who represented Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship (Bell, Brown, Holden, Jackman, McLean, Popovic).
Canada has appeared in eight of the last ten championship games, winning the Spengler Cup in 2002, 20. Overall, Canada’s National Men’s Team has won the Spengler Cup 11 times (1984, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007) 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.