CALGARY, Alta. –
Only two tournaments remain on the schedule for Canada’s National Men’s Team before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and Hockey Canada has released the
names of the
25 players selected to wear the red-and-white at the Channel One Cup, a three-game
tournament in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 13-17.
The management and coaching staff of Canada’s National Men’s Team – led by
general manager Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL) and head coach
Willie Desjardins (Climax, Sask.) – will use the Channel One Cup as part of
the ongoing evaluation of Canadian talent in the lead-up to the 2018
Olympic Winter Games.
The majority of the 25 players on the Channel One Cup roster have
participated in at least one tournament this year with Canada’s National
Men’s Team; goaltender Barry Brust (Swan River, Man./HC Fribourg-Gottéron,
NLA) and forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (Hull, Que./Avtomobilist
Yekaterinburg, KHL) are making their first appearance with Team Canada this
season, while Matt Frattin (Edmonton/Barys Astana, KHL) was named to the
Karjala Cup roster but was unable to participate.
“This has been a very busy few months of evaluation of Canadian hockey
talent from around the world, and we are feeling very positive about where
we’re at in the process. We’re looking forward to the Channel One Cup and
seeing how this group of players comes together at the tournament,” said
Burke, who represented Canada as a player numerous times internationally,
including at two Olympic Winter Games – in 1988, and in 1992, where he
captured silver. “Our goal remains to put together the best possible team
to compete in PyeongChang in February, and these 25 players are part of a
larger group that remains under consideration. We continue to evaluate
every Canadian player that’s eligible to play at the 2018 Olympic Winter
Games in order to gives ourselves the best possible chance for success in
In late July, Hockey Canada
unveiled its plan for Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2017-18 season, including its full
management and coaching staff, as well as an extended
schedule that allows for multiple opportunities for team staff to bring together
Olympic hopefuls as part of the evaluation process. Two tournaments are
slated for December – the Channel One Cup in Moscow, and the Spengler Cup
in Davos, Switzerland, Dec. 26-31.
Joining Burke as part of the management group are Tom Renney (Cranbrook,
B.C.), CEO of Hockey Canada; Scott Smith (Bathurst, N.B.), president and
COO of Hockey Canada; Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s
vice-president of hockey operations and national men’s teams; and Martin
Brodeur (Montreal/St. Louis, NHL).
Player selections have been led by Burke with input from the management
group as well as the coaching staff, which includes Desjardins and
assistant coaches Dave King (Saskatoon, Sask.), Scott Walker (Cambridge,
Ont./Vancouver, NHL), Craig Woodcroft (Toronto/Genève-Servette HC, NLA),
and scout Morey Gare (Nelson, B.C.).
Coverage of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the Channel One Cup will be
HockeyCanada.ca, as well as through social media at Twitter.com/HC_Men.
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Team
Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow
through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.