Team Canada champions again in Davos
Canada’s National Men’s Team wins 13th Spengler Cup at historic tournament
December 31, 2015
DAVOS, Switzerland – Canada’s National Men’s Team went undefeated and skated away with its 13th championship at the 2015 Spengler Cup following a 4-3 win over HC Lugano on New Year’s Eve.

HC Lugano’s Gregory Hofmann opened the scoring at 8:49 of the first period, but Canada’s Keaton Ellerby (Strathmore, Alta./Barys Astana, KHL) responded seven minutes later to tie the game heading into the first intermission.

Team Canada took a two-goal lead early in the second, which was cut in half before the end of the period on a power-play goal by HC Lugano, who then tied it up just five minutes into the third. Matt D’Agostini (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont./Genève-Servette HC, SUI) scored the game-winner at 8:13 of the final frame, and goaltender Jeff Glass (Calgary/Dinamo Minsk, KHL) turned away 31 shots to secure the championship.

“We had such a special group of guys – it is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Aaron Johnson (Port Hawkesbury, N.S./Stockton, AHL), who assisted on D’Agostini’s third-period winner. “I came in not knowing a lot about the tournament, and the atmosphere was more than I could ever imagine. The fans were amazing and I had so much fun playing for Team Canada with all of the families in the stands and people watching back home. What an experience – so proud.”

In the 31 years Canada has participated in the invitational tournament, it has appeared championship game 20 times, tallying 12 wins and eight second-place finishes. In its first two appearances, in 1984 (first place) and 1985 (second place), there was no championship game. This is the team’s first Spengler Cup championship since 2012.

“What an awesome opportunity to represent Canada and win such a prestigious tournament,” said assistant coach Rob Cookson (Lacombe, Alta./ZSC Lions, SUI). “We had an outstanding group of players that fit together quickly and really bought into the challenge. Hockey Canada sets a high standard of excellence in the preparation and detail for an event such as this – our job as coaches is made a lot easier with such dedicated athletes and the support of Hockey Canada.”

The Spengler Cup is the oldest invitational hockey tournament in the world; it was first held in 1923, and was originally created as a means to promote teams from German-speaking countries in Europe following the First World War.

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For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
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Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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