Canada's National Men's Team Embarks on Ontario Tour March 24th; Forward Jason Spezza And Defenceman Chris Belanger Added to Roster
March 20, 2000

CALGARY, AB - Canada's National Men's Team will embark on an eleven-game tour through Ontario against the Slovak and Czech Republic National Teams on March 24th, Head Coach and General Manager Tom Renney announced on Tuesday. The team also announced the addition of forward Jason Spezza, of the OHL's Mississauga Ice Dogs, and Chris Belanger, a 27 year old defenceman from Welland, ON, who has been playing in Austria.

As part of this tour, Canada will be taking part in the Father David Bauer Cup Tournament from March 30-April 1st in Belleville, ON. For further information on this tournament, contact Susan Demmings, Assistant, Team Services, National Men's Team (403-777-3612) or Kevin Ready (613-966-8338)

Spezza's OHL regular season ends on Friday, and the 16 year old forward will join the National Men's Team in Port Elgin, ON for the National Team's game March 25th against Slovakia. Spezza, of Brampton, ON, played for Canada's National Junior Team at the 2000 World Junior Hockey Championship where Canada won a bronze medal. Belanger will be joining the team on March 24th in time to suit up for Canada's game against Slovakia in Sarnia.

"We're very happy to add Belanger and Spezza for this tour," said Renney. "Belanger played extremely well for us at the Spengler Cup this past winter while Spezza is an exciting young player with a bright future. Their addition helps make our team very competitive for this tour against very talented teams from Slovakia and the Czech Republic."

Day Date Teams Time Location
Friday March 24 Canada vs. Slovakia 7:30 pm Sarnia Sports & Entertainment Centre - Sarnia, ON
Saturday March 25 Canada vs. Slovakia 7:30 pm Saugeen Shores ó Port Elgin Community Complex - Port Elgin, ON
Sunday March 26 Canada vs. Slovakia 7:00 pm Dunlop Arena - Barrie, ON
Tuesday March 28 Canada vs. Slovakia 7:30 pm Tecumseh Arena - Tecumseh, ON
Father Bauer Cup
March 30 Canada vs. Slovakia 7:30 pm Yardman Arena - Belleville, ON
Father Bauer Cup
March 31 Canada vs. Czech Republic 7:30 pm Yardman Arena - Belleville, ON
Father Bauer Cup
April 1 Slovakia vs. Czech Republic 1:30 pm Yardman Arena - Belleville, ON
Father Bauer Cup
Final Game
April 2   1:30 pm Yardman Arena - Belleville, ON
Tuesday April 4 Canada vs. Czech Republic 7:00 pm Ray Twinney Complex - Newmarket, ON
Thursday April 6 Canada vs. Czech Republic 7:30 pm Welland Arena - Welland, ON
Friday April 7 Canada vs. Czech Republic 7:30 pm

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)


Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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