ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - Cliff Fletcher, General Manager for Team Canada at the 2000 Men's World Championship held in St. Petersburg, Russia, announced a roster of 21 National Hockey League players that will represent Canada the Championship, April 29-May 14, 2000.
The roster is led by five players from the Vancouver Canucks: Adrian Aucoin, Ed Jovanovski, Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Morrison and Peter Schaefer.
19 of the 21 Team Canada players have arrived in St. Petersburg, with the most recent additions: Jeff Finley and Jamal Mayers, both of the St. Louis Blues, arriving into town on Tuesday.
Canada currently has 2 open spots on their roster. Canada can declare and register up to 23 players during the preliminary round, and as IIHF rules state, can add up to five additional players after the preliminary round of the World Championship, for a total of 28.
Canada won it's first game in the Championship 6-0 over Japan on Saturday. Bertuzzi, currently the leading scorer in the Championship, had 3 goals and added an assist. Canada will play Norway on Monday, May 1st, and the Czech Republic on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000.
Mike Sillinger of the Florida Panthers was named team captain, with Jovanovski of the Canucks and Steve Sullivan of the Chicago Blackhawks named as assistant captains.
Media requesting interviews with Team Canada coaches and/or players can contact Brad Pascall, Director, Communications for the Canadian Hockey Association. Pascall is with the team in St. Petersburg, and can be reached by leaving a message on his voice mail in Calgary, AB at 403-777-4556. This voice mail will be checked on a regular basis, and is the best way to reach him.
Media can also try calling Pascall at the team hotel: 7 812 356 4135, room 13022. Please note, that local time in St. Petersburg, Russia is 8 HOURS AHEAD OF EASTERN TIME (11 HOURS AHEAD OF PACIFIC TIME).
For the latest up to date information on the Men's World Championship and CHA development programs, please visit the official web site of the Canadian Hockey Association at www.canadianhockey.ca.
Team Canada Roster at 2000 World Hockey Championship
Fred Brathwaite (CAL); Jose Theodore (MTL)
Adrian Aucoin (VAN); Jeff Finley (PHO); Ed Jovanovski (VAN); Chris Phillips (OTT); Robyn Regehr (CAL); Patrick Traverse (OTT); Yannick Tremblay (ATL)
Todd Bertuzzi (VAN), Curtis Brown (BUF); Brad Isbister (PHO); Mike Johnson (TB); Trevor Letowski (PHO); Jamal Mayers (STL); Dean McAmmond (CHI); Brendan Morrison (VAN); Peter Schaefer (VAN); Mike Sillinger (FLA); Ryan Smyth (EDM); Steve Sullivan (CHI)