CALGARY, AB - Assistant Executive Director Lanny McDonald and Head Coach Wayne Fleming announced that five players, including two defensemen and three forwards, have been added to Canada's Men's World Championship roster.
On defense Kyle McLaren (Boston Bruins) and Stephane Robidas (Montreal Canadiens), and on forward, Brad Isbister (New York Islanders), Joe Thornton (Boston Bruins) and Wes Walz (Minnesota Wild) have all confirmed they will play for Team Canada.
"The five players we have named today provide our team with depth in all positions," said Lanny McDonald. "This depth brings our team one step closer to our goal of winning a gold medal at this year's Men's Worlds."
Three of the five players named on Tuesday have previous International experience:
* Isbister: Won a gold medal at the 1997 World Juniors, and played at the 2000 World Hockey Championship.
* Thornton: Member of Team Canada that won the Gold medal in the 1997 World Junior Championship
* Walz: Won a gold medal with Canada at 1990 World Juniors, as well as at the Spengler Cup; spent three seasons with EV Zug of the Swiss Elite League, and half a season with Lugano (Swiss)
These additions bring Canada's roster to fourteen players (2 goaltenders, 3 defenseman and 9 forwards).
Executive Director Wayne Gretzky, along with McDonald and Head Coach Fleming will continue to monitor the NHL playoff situation, and plan to name additional players to the roster later in the week and/or after the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Canada will depart for Finland on April 19, and will play two exhibition games: versus Finland on April 23, and versus Sweden in Stockholm on April 24th.
The 2001 Men's World Hockey Championship runs April 28- in Hannover, Cologne and Nurnberg, Germany. Canada will be based in Hannover, and will open the Championship on April 28 versus Norway.
Canada won two gold medals in the 1990's at the World Hockey Championship - 1994 and again in 1997. Canada finished fourth last year at Men's World Hockey Championship in St.Petersburg, Russia, and fourth in 1999 in Norway.