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Canada Adds Players

Czech Republic | by Bayshore News Staff  

Canada adds five players to round out roster at World Hockey Championships.


PRAGUE, Czech Republic– Hockey Canada, in collaboration with National Men’s Team general manager David Nonis, announced the addition of five players to Canada’s roster for the 2011 IIHF World Championship, which will take place April 29-May 15 in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier (Laval, Que./Los Angeles Kings, NHL), defencemen Carlo Colaiacovo (Toronto, Ont./St. Louis Blues, NHL), Marc-André Gragnani (Île-Bizard, Que./Buffalo Sabres, NHL) and Mario Scalzo (Montreal, Que./Mannheim Eagles, DEL) and forward James Neal (Whitby, Ont./Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL) have been added to Canada’s roster. This brings Canada’s official registered roster to 23 players, including three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. An additional forward and 24th player, Antoine Vermette, is with the team, with an injury that will keep him on the sidelines until the end of the preliminary round.  Vermette could be added to the roster after Canada’s third game, when the roster can be extended to 25 players.

With the addition of these players, Canada now has:

-       Ten players with IIHF World Championship experience: Burns, Dubnyk, Duchene, Eberle, Nash, Phaneuf, Schenn, Spezza, Tavares and Zajac;

-       One Olympic gold medalist (Nash);

-       Ten IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists (Bernier, Dubnyk, Eberle, Kane, Ladd, Neal, Phaneuf, Pietrangelo, Schenn, Tavares);

-       Twenty players who have already represented Canada on the international stage;

-       Four players will be representing Canada on the international stage for the very first time: goaltender James Reimer, defencemen Marc-André Gragnani, Marc Methot and forward Chris Stewart; 

-       Three players, Mario Scalzo, Jeff Skinner and Antoine Vermette will be playing in their first IIHF event. Skinner and Vermette have both played for Canada’s Summer Under-18 Team, while Scalzo has represented in two Deutschland Cups and two Spengler Cups. 


Of the player additions, only Scalzo is expected to be in Canada’s lineup against Belarus on April 29, as the four other players will be arriving over the coming two days. 


Nonis, in collaboration with assistant general managers Rob Blake (Simcoe, Ont.) and Bob Murray (Kingston, Ont./Anaheim, NHL) and Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations/national teams, have been closely monitoring the NHL playoffs after naming an initial group of 19 players on April 13.




P          Name                           Hometown                           Club Team

G          Devan Dubnyk                Calgary, Alta.                       Edmonton Oilers (NHL)

G          Jonathan Bernier            Laval, Que.                           Los Angeles Kings (NHL)

G          James Reimer                Morweena, Man.                    Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)


D          Brent Burns                    Ajax, Ont.                            Minnesota Wild (NHL)

D          Carlo Colaiacovo            Toronto, Ont.                        St. Louis Blues (NHL)

D          Marc-André Gragnani      Île-Bizard, Que.                     Buffalo Sabres (NHL)

D          Marc Methot                   Ottawa, Ont.                         Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)

D          Dion Phaneuf                 Edmonton, Alta.                    Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)

D          Alex Pietrangelo            King City, Ont.                       St. Louis Blues (NHL)

D          Mario Scalzo                  St-Hubert, Que.                     Mannheim Eagles (DEL)

D          Luke Schenn                  Saskatoon, Sask.                    Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)


F          Cal Clutterbuck              Welland, Ont.                       Minnesota Wild (NHL)

F          Matt Duchene                 Haliburton, Ont.                    Colorado Avalanche (NHL)

F          Jordan Eberle                Regina, Sask.                        Edmonton Oilers (NHL)

F          Evander Kane                Vancouver, B.C.                    Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)

F          Andrew Ladd                 Maple Ridge, B.C.                  Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)

F          Rick Nash                      Brampton, Ont.                     Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)

F          James Neal                    Whitby, Ont.                          Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

F          Jeff Skinner                   Markham, Ont.                      Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)

F          Jason Spezza                 Mississauga, Ont.                   Ottawa Senators (NHL)

F          Chris Stewart                 Scarborough, Ont.                 St. Louis Blues (NHL)

F          John Tavares                 Oakville, Ont.                       New York Islanders (NHL)

F          * Antoine Vermette         St-Agapit, Que.                      Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)

F          Travis Zajac                   Winnipeg, Man.                     New Jersey Devils (NHL)


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