CALGARY, AB – Team Canada General Manager Steve Tambellini announced four NHL players that will represent Canada at the 2003 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, taking place in Finland, April 26-May 11, 2003.
Tambellini, along with Team Canada Assistant GM Don Maloney (NY Rangers) and Director, Player Personnel Jim Nill (Detroit Red Wings) named the following to Team Canada’s roster:
• Mathieu Dandenault Defense Detroit Red Wings
• Krys Kolanos Forward Phoenix Coyotes
• Kris Draper Forward Detroit Red Wings
• Kirk Maltby Forward Detroit Red Wings
These four players join the 12 others that were named last week in Tambellini’s first round of player announcements. Canada’s roster now stands at 16 players – three goaltenders, three defensemen and ten forwards. Tambellini expects to name additional players over the next several days, as NHL teams are eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
Andy Murray, Head Coach of the LA Kings, will lead Canada behind the bench as Head Coach. Mike Pelino (CHA), Barry Trotz (Nashville) and Rob Cookson (Calgary) will be Murray’s assistant coaches.
The coaching staff and players will be traveling to Europe on Sunday, April 20th, leaving from various cities across Canada and the USA. Team Canada will first be traveling to Riga, Latvia to train and play one exhibition game vs. Latvia on Wednesday, April 23, prior to arriving in Turku, Finland on April 24th.
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, and will now be covering all of Team Canada’s games, beginning with Canada’s first game of the championship (April 26th vs. Belarus).
Canada’s 2003 Men’s World Championship team (as of April 19, 2003)
|Canada’s 2003 Men’s World Championship team (as of April 19, 2003)|
|No.||Player/ Joueur||Pos.||S/C.||Ht.||Wt.||Birth Date||Birthplace||2002-03 Team|
|-||Biron, Martin||G||L/G||6'2||168||08/15/77||Lac St-Charles, QC||Buffalo (NHL)|
|-||Burke, Sean||G||L/G||6'4||208||01/29/67||Windsor, ON||Phoenix (NHL)|
|-||Luongo, Roberto||G||L/G||6'3||205||04/04/79||Montreal, QC||Florida (NHL)|
|-||Bouwmeester, Jay||D||L/G||6'4||210||09/27/83||Edmonton, AB||Florida (NHL)|
|-||Dandenault, Mathieu||D||R/D||6'0||200||02/03/76||Sherbrooke, QC||Detroit (NHL)|
|-||Rivet, Craig||D||R/D||6'3||201||09/13/74||North Bay, ON||Montreal (NHL)|
|-||Brière, Daniel||F||R/D||5'10||178||10/06/77||Gatineau, QC||Buffalo (NHL)|
|-||Calder, Kyle||F||L/G||5'11||180||01/05/79||Mannville, AB||Chicago (NHL)|
|-||Carter, Anson||F||R/D||6'1||200||06/06/74||Toronto, ON||NY Rangers (NHL)|
|-||Doan, Shane||F||R/D||6'2||216||10/10/76||Halkirk, AB||Phoenix (NHL)|
|-||Draper, Kris||F||L/G||5'11||190||05/24/71||Toronto, ON||Detroit (NHL)|
|-||Gratton, Chris||F||L/G||6'4||225||07/05/75||Brantford, ON||Phoenix (NHL)|
|-||Heatley, Dany||F||L/G||6'3||215||01/21/81||Freiburg, Germany||Atlanta (NHL)|
|-||Kolanos, Krys||F||R/D||6'2||205||07/27/81||Calgary, AB||Phoenix (NHL)|
|-||Maltby, Kirk||F||R/D||6'0||190||12/22/72||Guelph, ON||Detroit (NHL)|
|-||Marleau, Patrick||F||L/G||6'2||190||09/15/79||Aneroid, SK||San Jose (NHL)|