STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Hockey Canada, along with executive director Steve Yzerman and Canada’s National Men’s Team management group, made a roster announcement for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on Friday.
Canada will add defenceman Dan Hamhuis (Smithers, B.C./Vancouver, NHL), who will arrive in Sweden on Saturday.
Canada now has 23 players on its roster, including three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 12 forwards. All teams are allowed up to 25 players on their world championship roster, and players can be added up until one hour prior to the final game.
Hamhuis, 30, has represented Canada internationally on six previous occasions, including four world championships, winning gold in 2007. Hamhuis also played for Canada at two IIHF World Junior Championships. He led all Vancouver defencemen in scoring in 2012-13, with 24 points in 47 games.
Hockey Canada’s National Men’s Team management group is comprised of Yzerman (Nepean, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL), along with Doug Armstrong (Sarnia, Ont./St. Louis, NHL), Ken Holland (Vernon, B.C./Detroit, NHL), Kevin Lowe (Lachute, Que./Edmonton, NHL), Bob Nicholson (Penticton, B.C./Hockey Canada) and Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C./Hockey Canada). Peter Chiarelli (Ottawa, Ont./Boston, NHL) will serve in an advisory capacity.
The management group is overseeing all operations for Canada’s National Men’s Team at the world championship, including staff selection, player identification and selection as well as team operations. Hockey Canada’s senior director of national teams and hockey operations, Scott Salmond, will continue to oversee team logistics, working closely with the management group.
Head coach Lindy Ruff (Warburg, Alta.) leads the coaching staff, along with assistant coaches Doug Shedden (Wallaceburg, Ont./EV Zug, SUI), Dave Tippett (Moosomin, Sask./Phoenix, NHL) and Barry Trotz (Dauphin, Man./Nashville, NHL).
The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship runs from May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden. Canada will be based out of Stockholm for the duration of the event, opening on May 4 against Denmark. All of Canada’s games will be broadcast on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcaster. Check local listings for game times in your area.
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