CALGARY, AB - Canada's roster for the 2002 IIHF World Hockey Championship was bolstered Tuesday as Team Canada General Manager, Lanny McDonald, along with Assistant GM Doug Armstrong and Head Coach Wayne Fleming added 11 players. The 2002 Championship will run April 27-May 11 in Sweden.
On Monday, Team Canada's management staff was informed that previously announced Nashville Predators forwards Greg Johnson and Scott Hartnell will not be joining the team for the championship, both due to injury since being named to Team Canada.
Canada's roster now stands at 18 players (two goaltenders, five defensemen and eleven forwards).
The 11 players added, (two defensemen and nine forwards), announced by the CHA are:
|Eric Brewer||Vernon, BC||Edmonton (NHL)||Defence|
|Brad Schlegel||Kitchener, ON||Cologne (GER)||Defense|
|Daniel Cleary||Carbonear, NF||Edmonton (NHL)||Forward|
|Mike Comrie||Edmonton, AB||Edmonton (NHL)||Forward|
|Manny Malhotra||Mississauga, ON||Dallas Stars (NHL)||Forward|
|Andy McDonald||Strathroy, ON||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||Forward|
|Peter Schaefer||Yellow Grass, SK||TPS Turku (FIN)||Forward|
|Ryan Smyth||Banff, AB||Edmonton (NHL)||Forward|
|Ray Whitney||Fort Saskatchewan, AB||Columbus (NHL)||Forward|
|Jamie Wright||Kitchener, ON||Calgary (NHL)||Forward|
|Tyler Wright||Kamsack, SK||Columbus (NHL)||Forward|
10 of the 11 players added on Tuesday have previous international experience. Brewer will be on his second tour of duty at the World Championship for Canada after playing in 2001. He also represented Canada at the 2002 Olympics, winning a gold medal and played for Canada at two World Junior Hockey Championships (19) winning a gold medal in 1997.
Smyth has played in three World Championships (1999, 20) and was a member of Canada's 2002 gold medal winning Olympic team. He also represented Canada at the 1995 World Juniors, winning a gold medal.
Whitney represented Canada at the 19 world championships, while his Columbus linemate, Tyler Wright, will be making his third appearance with Team Canada after playing in two World Juniors (19), winning a gold medal in 1993. Jamie Wright won a gold medal with Canada's National Junior Team in 1996. Cleary played with Canada's Under 18 team previously, and this will be Comrie's first international experience.
Peter Schaefer, a former Vancouver Canuck, played with the Finnish Elite League's TPS Turku this season. Shaefer represented Canada at the 2000 World Championship and also won a gold medal with Canada' National Junior Team in 1997. Brad Schlegel played with Canada's National Men's Team from 1988-1993, participated in three World Championships (1991,1992, 1995), as was captain of Canada's Olympic team in 1992.
Two former National team players, goaltender Jamie Ram and forward Mike Maneluk, will join Team Canada and practice with the team on a stand-by basis, but will not officially be named to the roster at this time.