ZURICH, Switzerland – Hockey Canada announced Thursday the addition of four players to Canada’s roster for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Canada’s management for the world championship is comprised of general manager Kevin Lowe, Hockey Canada's vice-president of hockey operations and national teams Brad Pascall, and assistant general managers, Peter Chiarelli (Ottawa, Ont./Boston, NHL) and Dave Nonis (Burnaby, B.C./Toronto, NHL). Hockey Canada can add additional players over the course of the championship, with a limit of 25 players on the official roster. Players will not get officially registered to the roster until May 3.
With Thursday’s announcement, the roster now includes 2 goaltenders seven defencemen and 12 forwards
The four players that have been added to Canada’s roster for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship are:
|P||Name||Hometown /Club Team|
|D||Duncan Keith||Penticton, B.C./Chicago, NHL|
|D||Luke Schenn||Saskatoon, Sask./Toronto, NHL|
|D||Marc-Edouard Vlasic||Montreal, Que./San Jose, NHL|
|F||Patrick Sharp||Thunder Bay, Ont./Chicago, NHL|
All four players have previous international experience at the World Championship.
Canada’s world championship management is also supported by members of Canada’s National Men’s Team management group, comprised of executive director Steve Yzerman (Nepean, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL), Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL), Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL), Bob Nicholson (Penticton, B.C./Hockey Canada), Lowe and Pascall.
Canada’s National Men’s Team will be holding a pre-competition camp in Zurich from April 27-May 1, playing in two pre-competition games – April 29 vs. Switzerland in Fribourg, SUI and May 1 vs. Switzerland in Kloten, SUI.
Hockey Canada also announced that two non-NHL players will take part in Canada’s National Men’s Team’s pre-competition camp in Switzerland. These players will practice with the team in Kloten, may participate in the two exhibition games, but are not part of Canada’s World Championship roster at this time.
|D||Ryan Murray||White City, Sask./Everett, WHL|
|F||Adam Mitchell||Port Elgin, Ont./Mannheim, Germany|
Mitchell played for Canada at the 2010 Deutschland Cup. Murray won bronze with Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship runs from May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden, with Canada based out of Helsinki for the entire event. Canada opens up against Slovakia on May 4. All of Canada’s games will be aired on TSN/RDS. Check your local listings for game times in your area.
For more information on Hockey Canada, its teams, events and programs, please visitwww.HockeyCanada.ca.