RIGA, LATVIA – Team Canada General Manager Steve Tambellini announced three additional 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 players to Team Canada’s roster:
• Cory Cross Defense Edmonton Oilers
• Steve Staios Defense Edmonton Oilers
• Steve Reinprecht Forward Colorado Avalanche
With the additions of Cross and Staios, the number of Edmonton Oilers players on Canada’s roster is six.
“The Edmonton Oilers passion to represent their country has been outstanding again this year. The support that we have received from the Oilers hockey club, including GM Kevin Lowe and the dedicated Canadian players, is tremendous, “ said Tambellini.
Canada will play its first game on Saturday versus Belarus in Turku, Finland at 4:00pm local time (9:00 am ET / 6:00am PT, TSN/RDS live).
Cross has represented Canada in two previous Men’s World Championships, 1998 in Zurich, SUI and was a member of Canada’s 1997 gold medal winning Men’s Worlds team, which was the last time the event was held in Finland. Cross joins Anson Carter and Sean Burke.
Staios represented Canada at last year’s Men’s World Championship in Sweden. Named the Edmonton Oilers ‘Defenseman of the Year’ for the 2002-2003 season, setting career highs in assists (21), points (26) and +/- (+13). Reinprecht, who won the Stanley Cup in 2001 with Colorado, set career highs in assists (33) and points (51) during the 2002-2003 season with the Avalanche.
Canada’s roster now stands at 22 players – three goaltenders, six defensemen and 13 forwards. Chris Gratton of the Phoenix Coyotes, who was announced with Canada’s first group of players, will be unable to participate at the 2003 Men’s Worlds due to a nagging shoulder injury.
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.
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.
The official broadcaster of the CHA, TSN/RDS, will have live TV coverage of the Men’s Worlds, and will 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 25, 2003)
|No.||Player/ Joueur||S/C.||Ht.||Wt.||Birth Date||Birthplace||2002-03Team|
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|43||Biron, Martin||L/G||6'2||168||08/15/77||Lac St-Charles, QC||Buffalo (NHL)|
|1||Burke, Sean||L/G||6'4||208||01/29/67||Windsor, ON||Phoenix (NHL)|
|31||Luongo, Roberto||L/G||6'3||205||04/04/79||Montreal, QC||Florida (NHL)|
|4||Bouwmeester, Jay||L/G||6'4||210||09/27/83||Edmonton, AB||Florida (NHL)|
|2||Brewer, Eric||L/G||6'3||220||04/17/79||Vernon BC||Edmonton (NHL)|
|23||Cross, Cory||L/G||6'5||219||01/03/71||Lloydminster, AB||Edmonton(NHL)|
|11||Dandenault, Mathieu||R/D||6'0||200||02/03/76||Sherbrooke, QC||Detroit (NHL)|
|52||Rivet, Craig||R/D||6'3||201||09/13/74||North Bay, ON||Montreal (NHL)|
|24||Staios, Steve||R/D||6'1||200||07/28/73||Hamilton, ON||Edmonto(NHL)|
|8||Brière, Daniel||R/D||5'10||178||10/06/77||Gatineau, QC||Buffalo (NHL)|
|17||Calder, Kyle||L/G||5'11||180||01/05/79||Mannville, AB||Chicago (NHL)|
|22||Carter, Anson||R/D||6'1||200||06/06/74||Toronto, ON||NY Rangers (NHL)|
|89||Comrie, Mike||L/G||5'9||175||09/11/80||Edmonton, AB||Edmonton (NHL)|
|19||Doan, Shane||R/D||6'2||216||10/10/76||Halkirk, AB||Phoenix (NHL)|
|33||Draper, Kris||L/G||5'11||190||05/24/71||Toronto, ON||Detroit (NHL)|
|15||Heatley, Dany||L/G||6'3||215||01/21/81||Freiburg, Germany||Atlanta (NHL)|
|10||Horcoff, Shawn||L/G||6'1||202||11/17/78||Trail BC||Edmonton (NHL)|
|36||Kolanos, Krys||R/D||6'2||205||07/27/81||Calgary, AB||Phoenix (NHL)|
|12||Marleau, Patrick||L/G||6'2||190||09/15/79||Aneroid, SK||San Jose (NHL)|
|18||Maltby, Kirk||R/D||6'0||190||12/22/72||Guelph, ON||Detroit (NHL)|
|28||Reinprecht.Steven||L/G||6'0||190||05/07/76||Edmonton, AB||Colorado (NHL)|
|94||Smyth, Ryan||L/G||6'0||195||02/21/76||Banff, AB||Edmonton (NHL)|