DAVOS, Switzerland - Canada's National Men's team opened the Spengler Cup with a win in their opening game, beating Jokerit Helsinki (Finland) by the score of 3-0.
Marcel Cousineau, who is on loan from the Los Angeles Kings, stopped 28 shots en route to a shut-out in front of a sold out crowd of 7,600 fans. Frank Banham, from Calahoo, AB, had two goals for Team Canada, with Ray Sheppard getting Canada's other goal.
Mike Peca, the former Buffalo Sabres captain, strained his groin on his first shift and didn't return. Peca is listed as day to day.
Head Coach Wayne Fleming is behind the bench for Canada at the Spengler Cup, and is 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 next game is December 28th, as they take on the Cologne (Germany) Sharks. A total of five teams are participating in the Spengler Cup, a round-robin tournament. The top two teams will advance to a one-game championship showdown on December 31st.
1:0, CAN, Frank Banham (Craig Ferguson) 4:43
2:0, CAN, Ray Sheppard (Greg Parks/Benoit Hogue) 39:02
3:0, CAN, Frank Banham (Ferguson) 55:00