CALGARY, AB - Canada's Men's World Championship team added defenseman Daniel McGillis and forward Justin Williams to its roster on Sunday, Team Canada General Manager Lanny McDonald, along with Assistant GM Doug Armstrong and Head Coach Wayne Fleming announced.
McGillis, 29, has just completed his sixth full NHL season, amassing 19 points in 75 games played. He has played 456 career regular season NHL games, split between Edmonton and Philadelphia. Born in Hawkesbury, ON, McGillis was named the Flyers most outstanding defenseman, and shared Flyers most improved player honours with team mateSimon Gagne, both during the 2000-2001 season.
Williams, 20, has just completed his second NHL season both with the Flyers. He finished the 2001-2002 NHL regular season with 75 games played and 40 points, as well as having played in the Topps/NHL YoungStars Game as part of NHL All-Star Weekend. The native of Corburg, ON was tied for 12th among NHL rookies in goals with 12 during the 2000-2001 season. He spent two seasons (1998--00) with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 41 goals and 54 assists for 95 points and 74 penalty minutes in 115 games.
Canada's roster now stands at 21 players (2 goaltenders, 7 defensemen and 12 forwards). Canada has room on its roster to still add one goaltender and one forward. IIHF rules state that teams can name a maximum of 23 players to its roster during the preliminary round, but can then add up to five additional players to the roster starting for the qualifying round, through to the finals.
Canada (1-0-0) won its first game on Saturday versus Latvia by the score of 4-1. Canada will play Italy on Monday (10am ET/7am PT) in Karlstad. This year's World Championship in Sweden is being played in three locations: Karlstad, Gothenburg and Jonkoping, with the final round to be played in Gothenburg. Canada is in a preliminary round group with: Latvia, Italy and the USA.
All of Canada's games are broadcast live on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of the CHA.