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Canada's National Sledge Team Set for Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver, BC
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February 20, 2009
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CALGARY, AB – The countdown to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games is on.

Hockey Canada has announced the 17-player roster of Canada’s National Sledge Team, which will compete in the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup from February 24 to in Vancouver, BC. The tournament, which also will include Germany, Japan, and the United States, will be held at UBC Thunderbird Arena, which is the home of sledge hockey for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Canada’s roster includes 15 players who helped Canada win gold at the 2008 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship and 14 players from Canada’s team that won gold at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games.

“We’re confident that we have assembled a roster that will challenge for gold in Vancouver,” says Jeff Snyder, Canada’s head coach. “The 2009 Hockey Canada Cup marks the one-year countdown to the Paralympic Winter Games. This event is a major international competition and one of the steps that will prepare us to win gold at the 2009 world championship and in 2010.”

CLICK HERE FOR CANADA’S ROSTER FOR THE 2009 HOCKEY CANADA CUP

CANADA’S SCHEDULE AT THE HOCKEY CANADA CUP
All games are at the UBC Thunderbird Arena. Times posted are local.
Sunday, February 22 Practice 7 - 8:15 p.m. PT
Monday, February 23 Practice 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PT
Tuesday, February 24
CANADA vs. Germany
7 p.m. PT
Wednesday, February 25 CANADA vs. United States 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, February 26
CANADA vs. Japan
7 p.m. PT
Friday, February 27 Practice 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PT
Saturday, February 28
Semi-final # 1
1 p.m. PT
Saturday, February 28
Semi-final # 2
5 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 1
Bronze medal game
1 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 1
Gold medal game
5 p.m. PT (Live on TSN2)

NOTE: The gold medal game will also be broadcast on tape-delay on the main TSN network at 9 p.m. PT.

This will mark the first time a major sledge hockey game has been carried LIVE on Canadian national television.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE 2009 HOCKEY CANADA CUP SCHEDULE

Single-game tickets and tournament packages are now available at www.ticketmaster.ca. Single-game tickets are $10 and tournament packages, which include all 10 games, are $50.

Canada’s National Sledge Team has enjoyed a strong start to the 2008-09 season, winning the 2008 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Charlottetown, PEI in November and following that with a gold-medal performance at the 4 Nations tournament in Nagano, Japan in January. Following the 2009 Hockey Canada Cup, Canada’s National Sledge Team will prepare for the 2009 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championship, which will be held from May 5-16 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.


For more information:

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

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