CALGARY, AB - Canada's National Men's Team announced Wednesday that forward Daniel Tkaczuk will not join Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, due to his recent call-up from the Saint John Flames (AHL) to the Calgary Flames, and Team Canada added Calgary Flames prospect forward Marty Murray to the Spengler Cup roster.
Murray has participated at the Spengler Cup twice previously, during the 1998-99 season with Team Canada, and at last year's Spengler Cup while he was a member of the Cologne Sharks of the German Elite League.
Murray, from Deloraine, Manitoba, was the Calgary Flames 4th round pick, 96th overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
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. The Spengler Cup will take place in Davos, Switzerland from December 26-31, 2000.
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.
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