31 Canadian Players Will Attend 2005-2006 Orientation Camp in Edmonton
June 14, 2005

CALGARY – Hockey Canada announced on Friday that 31 Canadian-born players that played hockey in Europe during the 2004-2005 season and were not under NHL contract last season, will attend an orientation camp at Rexall Place in Edmonton, June 15-18th for Canada’s National Men’s Hockey Team.

The goal of the camp is to orientate many of Canada’s top eligible players for the options and opportunities that lie ahead for the 2005-2006 season for Canada’s National Men’s Hockey Team. The opportunities include the events that Canada’s National team will participate in for the upcoming season (Deutschland Cup – November; Loto Cup – December; Spengler Cup – December; and tours during European breaks throughout the season), the options that will be reviewed are whether or not NHL players will reach an agreement with the NHL to participate at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy in February.

Thirty of thirty-one players that will attend the orientation camp in Edmonton have previously represented Canada internationally at the World Juniors, Men’s Worlds or at various events in Europe such as the Deutschland Cup, Loto Cup and Spengler Cup.  The National Men’s team participated in four events this season using 76 different non-NHL players from 13 different leagues finishing with a 10-4-1 record.

The breakdown of players attending the orientation camp in Edmonton is three goaltenders, 10 defensemen and 15 forwards. Three additional players will attend, but will not participate due to injury.

Canada’s Head Coach Marc Habscheid will lead the players through on-ice work outs, as well as off-ice meetings to review everything from team systems to the 2005-2006 schedule of National Men’s Team events and the Olympic Games.

All practices are open to the public at Rexall Place in Edmonton, AB, free of charge.  The schedule of the orientation camp is as follows:

Time (MT) Event
Heure (HNR) Évenenement

11:00 Media availability - Rexall Place with players and staff
16:00 Practice #1

10:00 Practice #2
16:00 Practice #3

10:00 Practice #4
16:00 Practice #5

10:00 Practice #6

Player S/C Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2004-2005 Team
Joueur L/C T. P. Naissance Ville d’origine Équipe 2004-2005
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Labbe, Jean-Francois L/G 5’10/179 167/80 06/15/72 Sherbrooke, PQ Augsburger (DEL)
Passmore, Steve L/G 5’9/175 175/83 01/29/73 Grand Forks, BC Mannheim (GER)
Waite, Jimmy L/G 6’1/185 180/84 04/15/69 Sherbrooke, PQ Ingolstadt (DEL)
Astley, Mark R/D 6’1/186 190/87 03/30/69 Calgary, AB SC Langnau (SUI)
Bannister, Drew R/D 6’2/188 200/91 04/09/74 Belleville, ON Nurnberg (GER)
Boileau, Patrice R/D 6’0/185 200/91 02/22/75 Montreal, PQ Lausanne (SUI)
Bouchard, Francois L/G 6’0/186 190/87 08/03/73 Brossard, PQ Frankfurt (DEL)
Delmore, Andy R/D 6’0/186 190/87 12/20/76 Windsor, ON Mannheim (DEL) 
Dupont, Micki R/D 5’10/178 176/80 04/15/80 Calgary, AB Berlin (DEL)
Heins, Shawn L/G 6’3/191 215/98 12/24/73 Eganville, ON Berlin (DEL)
Heward, Jamie R/D 6’2/188 198/90 03/30/71 Regina, SK SC Langnau (SUI)
Pollock, Jame R/D 6’1/185 190/86 06/16/79 Victoria, BC Kloten (SUI)
Trepanier, Pasca R/D 5’10/180 205/93 09/04/73 Gaspe, PQ Nurnberg (DEL)
Alston, Jan R/D 5’11/180 185/85 04/14/69 Granby, PQ Zurich (SUI)
Banham, Frank R/D 6’0/185 187/86 04/14/75 Calahoo, AB SaiPa (FIN)
Davidson, Matt R/D 6’2/18 198/90 08/09/77 Flin Flon, MB Dusseldorf (DEL)
Domenichelli, Hnat L/G 5’11/180 179/81 02/16/76 Edmonton, AB Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
Herperger, Chris L/G 6’0/186 205/94 02/24/74 Esterhazy, SK Krefeld (DEL)
Kariya, Steve L/G 5’10/178 175/83 12/22/77 North Vancouver, BC Ilves Tampere (FIN)
McTavish, Dale L/G 6’1/186 200/91 02/28/72 Eganville, ON Rapperswil (SUI)
Metropolit, Glen R/D 6’0/183 185/85 06/25/74 Toronto, ON Jokerit (FIN)
Pittis, Domenic L/G 5’11/181 180/84 10/01/74 Calgary, AB Kloten (SUI)
Sarault, Yves L/G 6’1/186 190/87 12/23/72 Valleyfield, PQ Bern (SUI)
Shantz, Jeff R/D 5’11/181 200/91 10/10/73 Duchess, AB SC Langnau (SUI)
Tapper, Brad R/D 6’0/186 175/83 04/28/78 Scarborough, ON Nurnberg (DEL)
Toms, Jeff L/G 6’5/195 209/96 06/04/74 Swift Current, SK Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
Reid, Brandon R/D 5’10/178 185/85 03/09/81 Kirkland, PQ Hamburg (DEL)
Trudel, Jean-Guy L/G 6’0/186 200/91 10/18/75 Sudbury, ON Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
The following players will attend, but are injured and will not participate / Les joueurs suivants seront sur place mais ne pourront participer à cause de blessures :
Green, Mike R/D 5’11/181 190/87 10/20/79 Calgary, AB Nurnberg (GER)
Roest, Stacey R/D 5’10/178 190/87 03/15/74 Lethbridge, AB Rapperswil (SUI)
Maneluk, Mike R/D 6’0/183 190/87 10/01/73 Winnipeg, MB Lugano (SUI)

National Men's Team Staff/Personnel d'Équipe nationale masculine
Head Coach/ Entraîneur-chef: Marc Habscheid  Hockey Canada
Director, Men’s National Team /Directeur: Scott Salmond Hockey Canada
Communications Brad Pascall Hockey Canada
Orientation Camp Staff/Personnel du camp
Assistant coach/ Entraîneur adjoint:  Sean Simpson Zug, SNLA
Assistant coach/ Entraîneur adjoint:  Bob Leslie Wolfsburg, DEL
Assistant coach/ Entraîneur adjoint:  Serge Boisvert Hockey Canada
Goalie Consultant/Entraineur gardien: Sean Burke Hockey Canada
Video Coordinator/Coordinateur vidéo: Patrick Garland Hockey Canada
Physiotherapist/ Physiothérapeute:  James Gattinger Hockey Canada
Therapist: Scott Hoyer Kelowna Rockets
Equipment Manager/ Resp. de l’équipement: Brad Harrison Frankfurt, DEL
Team Masseuse/ Masseuse d'équipe: Stephen Lines Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning/Force et conditionnement: Howie Wenger Hockey Canada

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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