Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Without Locked out NHL Stars, Canada Looks to Defend Spengler Cup Title

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Without Locked out NHL Stars, Canada Looks to Defend Spengler Cup Title

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No stars as Canada defends at Spengler


There will be no Jason Spezza or John Tavares to boost Canada's lineup at this year's Spengler Cup.

A 24-man roster released Sunday has Canada back to using permanent European league players, plus two American Hockey League additions, for the Dec. 26-Jan. 1 tournament in Davos, Switzerand.

Canada sent a stacked team to last year's event thanks to the NHL lockout. They pounded host HC Davos 7-2 in the final to win the world's oldest international pro hockey tournament for a 12th time.

Spezza, Tavares, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Duchene, Sam Gagner, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Smyth, Devan Dubnyk and Jonathan Bernier are all back in the NHL this time.

But they will still have seven players back from 2012, including defencemen Geoff Kinrade, Micki DuPont, Maxim Noreau, Derrick Walser and Travis Roche, plus forwards Brett McLean and Byron Ritchie.

"We think we'll be a good skating team with a lot of offensive prowess," said Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations Brad Pascall. "Last year, we had a good team overall, but we lost the first game against a German club team.

"It wasn't a cakewalk. But as it went on, we dominated because Canadians want to win every tournament they're in and because we had players from the lockout."

Canada is in a three-team group with HC Davos and the Vitkovice Steel of the Czech league and will play its first game Dec. 26 against the Steel.

The other group has Swiss club Servette Geneva, which is boosted by goalie Robert Mayer from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, as well as CSKA Moscow and the Rochester Americans of the AHL. The Americans were invited to the event for a second time after finishing third in 1996.

Former NHL player Doug Shedden, who coaches EV Zug of the Swiss league, is back as Canada's head coach for a second year.

He helped select the team along with Pascall and two NHL assistant general managers -- Craig Heisinger of the Winnipeg Jets and Brad Treliving of the Phoenix Coyotes. …

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