CALGARY, AB - Gerald Diduck, a National Hockey League veteran defenseman, has joined Canada's full time men's National team program, and will begin practicing with the team on Monday, the Canadian Hockey Association announced.
Diduck, who has played in 892 NHL regular season games, amassing 209 points and 1556 penalty minutes, has played with six different NHL teams over his fourteen year NHL career. Diduck played last season with the Phoenix Coyotes, but is currently an unsigned, unrestricted free agent, and is not the property of any NHL team.
"We are very pleased to have a player with the experience that Gerald has join our program, " said Tom Renney, Head Coach and Vice-President, Hockey for the Canadian Hockey Association. "Gerald is solid, stay-at-home defender, who is in excellent condition, and will be a great role model for the other players on our team. We realize he will appeal to a good number of NHL teams, but in the meantime, we are thrilled to have him none the less."
Diduck will join Canada's Men's National team on Monday, and will participate with the team during their upcoming European tour which begins December 9 in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, the Baltic Cup in Russia, and the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.
"I am very excited to join Canada's National team, and look forward to the opportunity to get back into game shape and help the team any way that I can, " said Diduck.
Diduck, 34, was the New York Islanders 2nd choice (16th overall) in the 1983 NHL Entry draft. His sister, Judy, is currently a member of Canada's National Women's team that is competing at the 3 Nations Cup in Montreal, QC, and was a member of the 1998 Silver medal winning team at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. This marks the first time that a brother/sister are both competing for Canada's National teams.