Canadian National Team Signs 13 Players, Trims Roster By 15
September 23, 1997

CALGARY, AB -- Memorial Cup hero Christian Bronsard, 1996-97 All-Canadian defenceman Evan Marble and former Swift Current Broncos star Chris Szysky are among 13 players signed by Canada's National Team as it prepares for its first Canadian tour, associate coach and general manager Mike Johnston announced Tuesday.

Team Canada still is carrying 25 players, but will trim four players from the roster before it leaves on Thursday for a 10-game swing that will see them play three games against the Manitoba Moose of the International Hockey League, two against the IHL's Quebec Rafales in Quebec City and a five-game series against Norway. The Norway series opens on Sept. 26 in Winnipeg, followed by games in Brandon (Sept. 28), The Pas (Sept. 29), and Flin Flon (Sept. 30). The five-game Norway series winds up on Oct. 2 in Kenora.

Bronsard, 19, of Orleans, ON, backstopped the Hull Olympiques to the Memorial Cup championship last spring and joins former Philadelphia Flyers' goalie Dominic Roussel on Team Canada. Marble, a standout with the University of Calgary the past four years, played for a Canadian team that competed in the Nagano Cup tournament last year in Japan. He also was a member of a Canadian Inter-University Athletic Union all-start team that defeated a U.S. university all-star team in a cross-border challenge game in Detroit.

Other players under contract with the National Team include 17-year pro Pat Conacher, Shane Johnson, of Brandon, MB, Randy Perry, who played for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League last year, and Curtis Bowen of Kenora, a first-round draft choice in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, who spent the 1995-96 season with the National Team.

Brad Chartrand of Winnipeg and Sean Selmser of Calgary are the only two players returning from the 1996-97 National Team roster, while Craig MacDonald of Antigonish, NS, Gaeton Royer of Donnacona, Que., and Gaetan Poirier of Moncton, NB also join Canada's National Team. The players released include goaltenders Donovan Nunweiler, Kevin Koopman and Rick Nichol, defencemen Kory Mullin, Bob Needham, Ben Story and Vince Williams and forwards Rod Bowers, Dampy Brar, David Gosselin, Chris MacKenzie, Jay Prentice, Hugo Proulx, Josh St. Louis and Cody Bowtell.



1997-98 SEASON
No. Name Ht. Wt. Age (m/d/y) 1996-97 Team Hometown


30 Christian Bronsard 5'8 165 19 (12/25/77) Hull Olympiques (QMJHL) Orleans, ON

33 Dominic Roussel 6'1 191 27 (2/22/70) Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Blainville, PQ


24 Mickey Elick 6'2 200 23 (3/17/74) Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) Calgary, AB

4 Christian Gosselin 6'5 225 21 (8/21/76) Macon Whoopee (CHL) Laval, PQ

7 Shane Johnson 5'10 190 23 (1/1/74) Boston University (NCAA) Brandon, MB

8 Martin Lapointe 5'11 185 24 (6/26/73) Dalhousie University (AUAA) Rouyn-Noranda, PQ

3 Evan Marble 6'1 201 25 (4/9/72) University of Calgary (CWUAA) Eston, SK

6 Neal Martin 5'10 193 22 (9/875) Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL) Coniston, ON

23 Randy Perry 6'1 195 21 (6/19/76) Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Spruce Grove, AB

28 Drew Schoneck 6'0 205 24 (11/13/73) University of Calgary (CWUAA) Abbey, SK


13 Shawn Allard 5'10 185 22 (3/24/75) St. Lawrence University (ECAC) Petawawa, ON

20 Curtis Bowen 6'1 200 23 (3/24/74) Adirondack Red Wings (AHL) Kenora, ON

17 Brad Chartrand 5'11 190 22 (12/14/74) Canada's National Team Winnipeg, MB

15 Pat Conacher 5'8 190 38 (5/1/59) New York Islander (NHL) Calgary, AB

11 Trevor Gallant 5'8 184 22 (1/10/75) Finland (Division 1) London, ON

12 Chris Herperger 6'2 205 23 (2/24/74) Baltimore (AHL) Stockholm, SK

21 Todd Johnson 5'8 175 25 (2/2/72) University of Calgary (CWUAA) Regina, SK

22 Craig MacDonald 6'2 205 20 (4/7/77) Harvard University (ECAC) Antigonish, NS

27 Jason MacDonald 6'0 195 23 (1/4/74) Adirondack / Fredericton (AHL) Charlottetown, PEI

14 Ryan Pawluk 6'0 195 21 (3/28/76) Windsor Spitfires (OHL) St. Clair Beach, ON

10 Gaetan Royer 6'3 205 21 (3/13/76) Indianapolis / Jacksonville (ECHL) Donnacona, PQ

29 Sean Selmser 6'1 198 22 (11/10/74) Canada's National Team Calgary, AB

19 Rod Stevens 5'10 179 23 (4/5/74) Syracuse Crunch (AHL) Fort St. John, BC

16 Chris Szysky 5'11 200 21 (6/8/76) Swift Current Broncos (WHL) White City, SK

9 Gaetean Poirier 6'2 208 20 (12/28/76) Carolina Monarchs (AHL) Moncton, NB


Mike Johnston General Manager/Associate Coach

Andy Murray Head Coach

Gus Thorson Equipment Manager

Geoff Horne Athletic Therapist

Dr. Eric Babins Team Physician

Paul Sanderson Team Services Coordinator

Lyle Hanna Assistant Team Services

Grant Slessor Coaching Assistant

Dave Matthews NCI Coach

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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