CALGARY, AB – Team Canada General Manager Steve Tambellini announced two additional NHL players that will represent Canada at the 2003 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, taking place in Finland, April 26-.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Martin Biron will join Team Canada as the third goaltender behind Sean Burke and Roberto Luongo. Montreal Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet will represent Canada for the first time in his career when he suits up in Finland for this year’s World Hockey Championship. Gratton has decided not to play in the tournament due to a shoulder injury he suffered during the season. The native of Brantford, ON was one of ten NHL players named to Team Canada on .
Biron and Rivet join ten other NHL players that were announced on Monday on Team Canada’s roster byTambellini, along with Team Canada Assistant GM Don Maloney (NY Rangers) and Director, Player Personnel Jim Nill (Detroit Red Wings). Canada’s roster now stands at 12 players. Additional players may be announced this week, with the remaining roster confirmed after the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
Biron, a first-round draft choice (16th overall) of the Buffalo Sabres in 1995 NHL Entry Draft, will be representing Canada on the international stage for the 2nd time in his career (was a member of Canada’s gold medal 1997 World Junior team). Biron played 54 games for the Sabres this season, amassing a 2.54 GAA with four shutouts.
Rivet has just completed his 6th NHL season, all with the Canadiens. He has played in all 82 games for the past two seasons for a total of 437 career NHL games. Finished the 2002-2003 season with 22 points, 71 penalty minutes and an average ice-time of 21:59, which ranked him 3rd on the Canadiens this season.
Team Canada’s Men’s World Championship roster as of :
|Joueur||Pos.||Ville dorigine||Équipe LNH|
|Martin Biron||Goaltender||Lac St. Charles, QC||Buffalo Sabres|
|Sean Burke||Goaltender||Windsor, ON||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Roberto Luongo||Goaltender||Montreal, QC||Florida Panthers|
|Jay Bouwmeester||Defense||Edmonton, AB||Florida Panthers|
|Craig Rivet||Defense||North Bay, ON||Montreal Canadians|
|Daniel Briere||Forward||Gatineau, QC||Buffalo Sabres|
|Kyle Calder||Forward||Mannville, AB||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Anson Carter||Forward||Toronto, ON||New York Rangers|
|Shane Doan||Forward||Halkirk, AB||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Chris Gratton||Forward||Brantford, ON||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Dany Heatley||Forward||Calgary, AB||Atlanta Thrashers|
|Patrick Marleau||Forward||Aneroid, SK||San Jose Sharks|
Andy Murray, Head Coach of the LA Kings, will lead Canada behind the bench as Head Coach. Barry Trotz (Nashville), Mike Pelino (CHA) and Rob Cookson (Calgary) will be Murray’s assistant coaches.
Canada won two gold medals in the 1990's at the World Hockey Championship - 1994 and again in 1997. Canada finished sixth last year at the Men's World Hockey Championship in Sweden. At this year’s Championship in Finland, Canada is in a preliminary round group with: Belarus, Latvia and Sweden. Canada's first game at the 2003 IIHF World Hockey Championship will take place in Turku, Finland on April 26 versus Belarus.
The official broadcaster of the CHA, TSN/RDS, will have live TV coverage of the Men’s Worlds, beginning with Canada’s third game of the championship (April 29th vs. Sweden). They will not be broadcasting Canada’s games vs. Belarus (April 26) or vs. Latvia (April 27).