CALGARY, AB - Canada's National Men's Team has added forward Daniel Tkaczuk and defenceman Mike Martin for the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland from December 26-31, 2000, the Canadian Hockey Association announced on Saturday. Both players are presently with the AHL's St. John's Flames and were made available by the Calgary Flames organization.
Tkaczuk is a second year pro who won a silver medal with Canada's National Junior Team at the 1999 World Junior Hockey Championship in Winnipeg, MB. Martin was originally drafted by the NY Rangers in the 2nd round of the1995 Entry Draft, and was signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames on July 17, 2000.
"This is an opportunity that enhances the development of these players," said Calgary Flames General Manager Craig Button. "It provides them the opportunity to play at another level of competition in another environment that will benefit both the Flames organization and these players. We are happy to participate with this team by having these players participate with the Canadian National Team."
The Spengler Cup Team Canada roster also features NHL free agents Benoit Hogue (Répentigny, QC), Grant Ledyard (Winnipeg, MB) and Michael Peca (Toronto, ON), as well as goaltender Marcel Cousineau who is on loan to Team Canada from the Los Angeles Kings.
Head Coach Wayne Fleming will lead Canada behind the bench for the Spengler Cup, and will be joined by National Men's Team Associate Coach/General Manager Mike Pelino.
Pelino will assist media with any requests. He can be reached in Switzerland at 011 41 81 413 8181 for the duration of Canada's stay at the Spengler Cup. Canada's National Men's Team, which was once run as a full-time program from 1963-68 and 1983-2000, is currently operating on a 'part-time basis'.
Canada won the Deutschland Cup for the first time in November, 2000 and will participate Internationally in four more major competitions in Europe during the season: The Spengler Cup, Sweden Games, Nagano Cup and finally the IIHF Men's World Championship in Germany. Canada will put together separate rosters primarly comprised of Canadian players that are playing overseas, or other designated professionals players.