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Team Canada Defeats Finland 10-4 at World In-Line Hockey Championship Tournament Opener
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July 17, 1997
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ANAHEIM, CA -- Doug Ast of Chilliwack, BC, scored three goals and added two assists, while team captain Doug McCarthy of Edmonton and Gerry St. Cyr of North Vancouver each scored twice to power Team Canada to a 10-4 victory over Finland in opening-round action Thursday at the IIHF In-Line Hockey World Championship.

Also scoring for Canada on Thursday were Jason Jennings of Bowen Island, BC, Scott Burfoot of Winnipeg and Bob Woods of Saskatoon. Scott Humphrey of New Westminster, BC, faced 29 shots in goal for Canada, which directed 41 shots at Finnish netminder Arto Peltola.

Canada, the silver medalist at the inaugural IIHF event in 1996 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, plays Germany on Friday, Switzerland on Saturday and defending gold medalist USA on Sunday.

The 12-team tournament is split into two six-team pools, with Finland, Canada, Germany, USA, Switzerland and Russia in Pool A. Austria, the Czech Republic, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Italy make up Pool B.

The teams play a single round-robin within each pool, then are reseeded following the opening round for the playoff round, which begins Tuesday, July 22 and winds up with the gold-medal game on July 25. Games are being played at both the Disney Ice Arena and the Arrowhead Pond, home of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the National Hockey League.

Canadian head coach Richard Ropchan of Leamington, ON, and associate coach Dave Cairns chose the 14-man roster following selection camps across Canada.

1997 MEN'S NATIONAL IN-LINE HOCKEY TEAM

(# NAME HEIGHT WEIGHT BIRTH. HOMETOWN)

Goalies

1 Scott Humphrey 6'0" 185 7/28/70 New Westminster, BC

30 Sean Gauthier 5'11" 195 4/16/71 Sudbury, ON

Players

3 Bob Woods 6'1" 195 01/24/68 Saskatoon, SK

4 Doug McCarthy 5'10" 180 11/04/62 Edmonton, AB

5 Kevin Hoffman 6'0" 200 05/02/68 Edmonton, AB

7 Steve Wilson 6'2" 205 08/03/68 Belleville, ON

9 Glen Metropolit 5'11" 180 05/25/74 Toronto, ON

10 Ken House 6'2" 195 11/11/69 Scarborough, ON

11 Hugo Belanger 6'0" 190 05/28/70 St. Hubert, QC

14 Brent Thurston 6'0" 205 03/10/71 Vancouver, BC

16 Jason Jennings 6'0" 190 03/16/71 Bowen Island, BC

17 Scott Burfoot 5'8" 175 09/23/67 Winnipeg, MB

18 Doug Ast 5'11" 180 04/17/73 Chilliwack, BC

19 Gerry St. Cyr 6'0" 200 03/18/71 North Vancouver, BC

Staff

Richard Ropchan - Head Coach Leamington, ON

Dave Cairns - Associate Coach Vancouver, BC

Serge Haché - Equipment Hull, QC

Dick Earle - Equipment Vancouver, BC

Michael Ropchan - Equipment Leamington, ON

Mark Woodall- Physiotherapist Chatham, ON

Dave Easter - Manager Chatham ON


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