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Canada Defeated 4-3 By Belarus in Pre-World Championship Game in Minsk Three NHL Players to Join Team Canada in Latvia for World Championship
May 2, 2006

MINSK, BELARUS – Canada concluded a four-day pre-World Championship training camp in Belarus on Tuesday night, with a 4-3 loss to Belarus’ National Men’s Team in front of a sold out Minsk Arena. 

Patrice Bergeron (Ancienne-Lorette, QC Boston, NHL), Kyle Calder (Mannville, AB Chicago, NHL) and Derrick Walser (New Glasglow, NS Berlin, DEL) scored for Canada while Andrei Skabelka, Dmitry Dudik, Oleg Antonenko and Mikhail Grabovski replied for Belarus.  Canada’s three goaltenders each played a period, with Marc Denis playing the first, Alex Auld the second and National Junior Team goaltender Justin Pogge the third period.

Canada’s roster for this game in Minsk consisted of nine NHL players (seven skaters, two goaltenders) already named to the World Championship roster, four Canadians who played in Europe this season and five members of Canada’s 2006 gold medal winning National Junior Team.  The National Junior Team players will be returning to Canada on Wednesday, May 3rd. 

The 2006 IIHF Men’s World Championship will take place in Riga, Latvia from May 5-21, 2006.

Team Canada General Manager Ken Holland and Assistant General Manager Mike Barnett also announced on Tuesday that three NHL players will be joining the team in Latvia in time for Canada’s first game against Denmark on May 5th.  The three NHL players are defencemen Dan Hamhuis (Smithers, BC/Nashville), Stephane Robidas (Sherbrooke, QC/Dallas) and forward Scott Hartnell (Lloydminster, AB/Nashville).  These players will be joining the team prior to Canada’s first game at the World Championship, on May 5th vs. Denmark.

Over the coming days, with the first round of the NHL playoffs coming to an end, Holland, along with Assistant General Manager Mike Barnett (Calgary, AB/ Phoenix Coyotes), 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.

Canada’s World Championship Team travels to Riga on Wednesday, May 3rd.   Canada’s World Championship Team will open the 2006 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia on May 5th versus Denmark.  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. 

For further information on Canada’s 2006 Men’s World Championship team, and the IIHF Men’s World Championship, go to Hockey Canada’s official website at

For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada

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