CALGARY, AB - Team Canada General Manager, Lanny McDonald, along with Assistant GM Doug Armstrong and Head
Coach Wayne Fleming announced Friday, nine players that will represent Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Hockey
Championship, April 27-May 11 in Sweden.
The nine players, (two goaltenders, three defensemen and four forwards), announced by the CHA
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* Additional players are expected to be announced on Saturday.
"We are very excited with the calibre of players we are announcing today for Team Canada. The response
that we have been receiving from players and NHL General Managers has been tremendous, " said GM, Lanny
McDonald. "We will continue to monitor the NHL playoff situation very closely, and look forward to naming
additional players to our roster over the next week."
Eight of the nine players added have previous international experience. Giguere was part of the 2001 World
Championship team in Germany, as well as winning a gold medal at the 1994 Under 18 Championship. Hartnell
represented Canada at the Under 18's in 1999, scoring the overtime winning goal for the gold medal win.
Heatley represented Canada at the 20 World Juniors, winning two bronze medals. Matvichuk and Sydor
both represented Canada at the 1992 World Juniors, while Sydor also suited up for Canada at the 19
World Hockey Championships, winning a gold medal in 1994.
Defenseman James Patrick and forward Greg Johnson both bring a wealth of international experience to
Canada's lineup. Patrick participated in four World Hockey Championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1998) and played
with Canada's National Men's Team during the 1983-84 season. Patrick can become Canada's all-time games
played leader at this year's championship. His 33 all-time games played currently trail Kevin Dineen, Marcel
Dionne and Kirk Muller, who all have played in 37 games. Johnson was a member of Canada's silver medal
winning Olympic Team in 1994 and a member of Canada's gold medal winning National Junior Team in 1991. He
also played at the 1993 World Hockey Championship after playing 23 games with Canada's National Men's Team
during the 1992-93 season.
Canada won two gold medals in the 1990's at the World Hockey Championship - 1994 and again in 1997. Canada
finished fifth last year at Men's World Hockey Championship in Germany.
Canada is in a preliminary round group with: Latvia, Italy and the USA. Canada's first game at the 2002
IIHF World Hockey Championship will take place in Karlstad, Sweden on April 27 versus Latvia. This year's
World Championship in Sweden will be played in three locations: Karlstad, Gothenburg and Jonkoping, with the
final round to be played in Gothenburg.
All of Canada's games will be broadcast live on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of the CHA. Check local