CALGARY, AB – Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey 2004 Executive Director Wayne Gretzky announced on Sunday that forward Steve Yzerman will be unable to participate at the World Cup of Hockey 2004 due to injury, and that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier has been named to Team Canada’s roster.
"Steve has indicated that he will be unable to participate in the World Cup of Hockey this summer due to his injury situation and that he felt that he would not be ready to be at the level of conditioning required," said Gretzky.
"We are happy to announce that Vincent has been named to our Team Canada roster, which was a unanimous decision amongst our management and coaching staff. He is a great young player and had an outstanding Stanley Cup playoff run this spring and will be an excellent addition to our team," said Gretzky.
Canada’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2004 includes 26 players (3 goalies, 8 defensemen and 15 forwards). Lecavalier joins two of his Tampa Bay teammates Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis that were previously named.
Team Canada’s training camp will open on August 20th in Ottawa, ON at the University of Ottawa, where the team will train for three days and then relocate to the Corel Centre. Canada will play their first game of the World Cup of Hockey 2004 on August 31 versus Team USA at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Tickets are on sale for Team Canada’s exhibition games in Ottawa, and the Team Canada International Series:
TEAM CANADA INTERNATIONAL SERIES (3 game ticket package)
Canada vs. USA | 7:30pm ET | Corel Centre, Ottawa, ON
Canada vs. Slovakia | 7:00pm ET | Corel Centre, Ottawa, ON
Russia vs. Slovakia | 7:00pm ET | Corel Centre, Ottawa, ON
Three game ticket packages can be purchased by the general public on-line at www.capitaltickets.ca, by calling 613-599-FANS or by calling toll free: 1-877-788-FANS. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Corel Centre box office and at all Sports Expert locations in Ottawa-Gatineau.