Rob Blake Unable to Participate in World Cup of Hockey 2004 Due to Injury
July 27, 2004

CALGARY, AB –- Team Canada's Executive Director Wayne Gretzky announced on Tuesday that defenseman Rob Blake will be unable to participate at the World Cup of Hockey 2004 due to injury.

Team Canada's management and coaching staff will name a replacement for Blake within the next 7 days.

Team Canada's training camp will open on August 20th in Ottawa, ON at the University of Ottawa, where the team will train for three days and then relocate to the Corel Centre. Canada will play its first game of the World Cup of Hockey 2004 on August 31 versus Team USA at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Tickets are on sale for Team Canada's exhibition games in Ottawa, and the Team Canada International Series:


Canada vs. USA | 7:30pm ET | Corel Centre, Ottawa, ON


Canada vs. Slovakia | 7:00pm ET | Corel Centre, Ottawa, ON


Russia vs. Slovakia | 7:00pm ET | Corel Centre, Ottawa, ON

Three game ticket packages can be purchased by the general public on-line, by calling 613-599-FANS or by calling toll free: 1-877-788-FANS. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Corel Centre box office and at all Sports Expert locations in Ottawa-Gatineau.

For more information:

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


Morgan Bell
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-669-1261 (mobile)


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)


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