CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada announced on Saturday nine NHL players that will represent Canada at the upcoming Men’s World Hockey Championship and that Canada’s World Championship team will conduct a four day training camp from April 29- in Minsk, Belarus, including pre-World Championship game against Belarus on May 2nd. The 2006 IIHF Men’s World Championship will take place in Riga, Latvia from May 5-21, 2006.
Nine NHL players have been named to Canada’s World Championship roster by Team Canada General Manager Ken Holland (Vernon, BC/ Detroit Red Wings). This group includes five players with previous World Championship experience and that won gold at this event (2004 – Patrice Bergeron, Marc Denis, Nick Schultz; 2003 – Kyle Calder, Mike Comrie). All nine players have international experience, although three players (Alex Auld, Brad Boyes, Sidney Crosby) will be taking part in their first World Championship. These nine NHL players depart arrived today, Saturday, in Belarus.
|Joueur||L/C||T.||P.||Né||Ville d'origine||Équipe LNH|
|Goaltenders/Gardiens de but|
|Auld, Alex||L/G||6'4"||200||01/07/81||Thunder Bay, ON||Vancouver Canucks|
|Denis, Marc||L/G||6'1"||193||08/01/77||Montreal, QC||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Schultz, Nick||L/G||6'0"||187||08/25/82||Strasbourg, SK||Minnesota Wild|
|Stuart, Brad||L/G||6'2"||215||11/06/79||Rocky Mtn House, AB||Boston Bruins|
|Bergeron, Patrice||R/D||6'0"||186||07/24/85||Ancienne-Lorette, QC||Boston Bruins|
|Boyes, Brad||R/D||6'1"||195||04/17/83||Mississauga, ON||Boston Bruins|
|Calder, Kyle||L/G||5'11"||176||01/05/79||Mannville, AB||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Comrie, Mike||L/G||5'10"||185||09/11/80||Edmonton, AB||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Crosby, Sidney||L/G||5'11"||193||08/07/87||Cole Harbour, NS||Pittsburgh Penguins|
Over the coming days, as the first round of the NHL playoffs comes to an end, Holland, along with Assistant General Manager Mike Barnett (Calgary, AB/ Phoenix Coyotes), Team Canada Head Coach Marc Habscheid (Swift Current, SK/ Hockey Canada) and assistant coaches Claude Julien (Blind River, ON/ Hockey Canada) and Trent Yawney (Hudson Bay, SK/ Chicago Blackhawks) will be naming additional NHL players to complete Canada’s 25 player roster for the World Championship.
“We are very excited about this first group of players that has committed to play for Canada,” said Ken Holland, Team Canada General Manager. “I believe that this group of players is well prepared for the World Championship because of their international experience at the junior level or the men’s level. The pool of quality Canadian players will be getting bigger in the coming days, and we are looking forward to putting together a highly skilled and competitive team that will make Canada proud.”
In order to assist the team in its pre-World Championship preparations, Hockey Canada will be bringing nine additional players to Belarus as part of its training camp. Four players are from Canada’s National Men’s Team program that played hockey in Europe this season, and five were members of Canada’s gold medal winning 2006 World Junior Championship Team. These nine players will train with the nine NHL players named today as part of Canada’s pre-World Championship preparations, and will be available to suit up for Canada’s exhibition game vs. Belarus on May 2nd in Minsk, but are not on the World Championship roster. All five 2006 World Junior players will be returning to Canada following the exhibition game.
“This is a great opportunity for Hockey Canada to look to the future and give more international experience to five World Junior Championship gold medalists,” said Hockey Canada President Bob Nicholson. “We believe that this is a good way to start preparing for the future, whether it’s the 2007 World Junior Championship, future World Championships and even the 2010 Olympic Winter Games – and ensure that we ‘Own the Podium’ at these events.”
Canada’s management and coaching staff also confirmed the members of the support staff which are listed as part of the roster.
Canada will open the 2006 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia on Friday, May 5th versus Denmark (TSN/RDS: 1pm ET / 10am PT). All of Canada’s games will be broadcast live from Latvia on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada. Canada will play in the preliminary round in a group that includes Denmark, Norway and the USA.