CALGARY, AB – Team Canada’s World Cup of Hockey 2004 Executive Director Wayne Gretzky, along with Canada’s
management and coaching staff, announced on Thursday that San Jose Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan has been
named to Team Canada’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2004.
Hannan replaces Rob Blake on Canada’s roster after Team Canada officials were informed on Tuesday that
Blake could not participate in the World Cup of Hockey due to injury.
" We are very fortunate to have so many great Canadian players to choose from, not only when we first
named our team in May, but also in an injury situation like this, "said Gretzky. "Scott had a great season
and an outstanding playoff run with the Sharks, and we are pleased to name him to Team Canada for the World
Cup of Hockey."
The World Cup of Hockey 2004 will mark the first time that Hannan has represented Canada at an
international competition. All but two of Team Canada’s players (St. Louis and Hannan) have previously played
for their country on the international stage.
Canada’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2004 includes 26 players (3 goalies, 8 defensemen and 15
Hannan, a native of Richmond, BC, has played five NHL seasons and 348 career NHL games, all with the NHL’s
San Jose Sharks. In 2003-04, Hannan led the Sharks to the NHL’s Western Conference finals during the NHL
playoffs with +7 and six points in 17 playoff games. Hannan played in all (82) regular season games in
2003-2004, posting a career high in goals (6), shots on goal (114) and leading the Sharks in average ice time
(23:39) for the second straight season. Hannan served as the Sharks Alternate Captain for the season's first
10-game segment and was named "Sharks Player of the Month" for the month of October.
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
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 and individual tickets can be purchased by the general public on-line at
www.capitaltickets.ca, 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.