CALGARY, AB - Cliff Fletcher, General Manager of Team Canada for the 2000 Men's World Hockey Championship, today announced a list of 12 NHL players that will compete for Canada at the Men's World Championship, April 29 to May 14 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
National Hockey League players that will be representing Canada at the World Championship are:
|Jose Theodore G||Laval, QC||Montreal Canadiens|
|Adrian Aucoin D||Ottawa, ON||Vancouver Canucks|
|Patrice Brisebois D||Montreal, QC||Montreal Canadiens|
|Ed Jovanovski D||Windsor, ON||Vancouver Canucks|
|Robyn Regehr D||Rosthern, SK||Calgary Flames|
|Todd Bertuzzi F||Sudbury, ON||Vancouver Canucks|
|Andrew Cassels F||Bramalea, ON||Vancouver Canucks|
|Brad Isbister F||Edmonton, AB||New York Islanders|
|Mike Johnson F||Scarborough, ON||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Dean McAmmond F||Grand Cache, AB||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Brendan Morrison F||Pitt Meadows, BC||Vancouver Canucks|
|Steve Sullivan F||Timmins, ON||Chicago Blackhawks|
"We are very pleased with the first group of players that have committed to play for their country for this year's World Championship, " said Cliff Fletcher, GM of Team Canada. " We will continue to monitor the NHL playoff situation, and will add players to our roster over the next ten days."
Four of the NHL players have World Championship experience (Aucoin, Jovanovski, Bertuzzi, Cassels) while 7 of these 12 players have represented Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship (Theodore, Aucoin, Brisebois, Jovanovski, Regehr, Cassels, Isbister)
Canada won two gold medals in the 1990's, in 1994 and again in 1997. At the 1999 Men's World Hockey Championship in Norway, Canada finished 4th, losing in a shootout to the eventual World Champions from the Czech Republic during the semi-final.
The team will get together in Toronto on Thursday, April 20th for a three day camp at the Beatrice Ice Gardens at York University. The team will depart Canada on Saturday, April 22nd for St. Petersburg, Russia.