CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Friday a roster
of 28 players that will represent Canada in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge in August, an event that
replaces Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp for this season.
Canada’s roster, comprised of three goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 15 forwards, was selected by Kevin
Prendergast, head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada, along with Hockey Canada senior
director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond, and the team’s coaching staff, including head
coach Steve Spott (Waterloo, Ont./Kitchener, OHL), Mario Duhamel (St-Bruno, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), Don
Nachbaur (Prince George, B.C./Spokane, WHL) and André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL).
Prendergast will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few
months of the 2012-13 season and at the CHL Subway Super Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s
National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at
the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, to in Ufa, Russia.
Hockey Canada and the CHL also named the members of the support staff for both the 2012 Canada-Russia
Challenge and the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Canada’s roster includes seven players who won bronze with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF
World Junior Championship in Alberta: defencemen Dougie Hamilton (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL), Scott
Harrington (Kingston, Ont./London, OHL) and Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Everett, WHL) and forwards
Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Niagara, OHL). A number of the
players on Canada’s roster in Yaroslavl, Russia and in Halifax, N.S., will be front and centre at the 2012
NHL Entry Draft on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, where many are expected to be selected in the first and second
The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge is a collaboration between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League and
Halifax Trade Centre Limited, which will see Canada and Russia’s national junior programs face off in four
games, two in Russia and two in Canada, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.
2012 CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE GAME SCHEDULE
Thursday, August 9 Time TBD Canada vs. Russia Yaroslavl, Russia
Friday, August 10 Time TBD Canada vs. Russia Yaroslavl, Russia
Monday, August 13 8 p.m. AT/7 p.m. ET Russia vs. Canada Halifax, N.S.
Tuesday, August 14 8 p.m. AT/7 p.m. ET Russia vs. Canada Halifax, N.S.
Two-game ticket packages for the Halifax portion of the series are on sale for $86, plus applicable fees.
The packages are available by going to www.HockeyCanada.ca/Challenge, stopping by the Ticket Atlantic box office at the Halifax Metro
Centre promenade via Carmichael and Duke streets, or by calling Ticket Atlantic at (902) 451-1221.”
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