Hockey Canada announces 20-man roster for 2017 Spengler Cup

Team Canada's Nick Spaling and teammates seen here celebrating after qualifying for the semifinals in the 2016 Spengler Cup. (Gian Ehrenzeller/ Keystone via AP)

Hockey Canada announced its 20-man roster for the 2017 Spengler Cup on Wednesday. Players range in age from 21 to 37 and there are a number of former NHLers fans will recognize.

This year’s tournament is garnering more attention than it has in previous years because of what’s at stake. It’s the final pre-Olympic tournament Hockey Canada can use to evaluate which players are going to represent Canada in men’s hockey at PyeongChang 2018.

“The Spengler Cup allows us an opportunity to take another look at some players who’ve been part of earlier teams, as well as work with some new faces, just given how it aligns with other league schedules,” Team Canada general manager Sean Burke said in a press release. “Our goal remains to put together the best possible team to compete in PyeongChang in February. We’re looking forward to this opportunity to work with new players, and take part in this historic event.”

Canada will be looking for its third consecutive Spengler Cup title. The tournament begins Dec. 26 with Canada’s first game coming against Czech Republic club Mountfield HK. The Swiss national team, host team HC Davos, Latvian KHL team Dinamo Riga and HPK from Finland’s Liiga are the other teams competing in the tournament.

Here’s a look at the 12 forwards, six defencemen and two goalies that will wear the red and white maple leaf at this year’s Spengler Cup.

Player Position Shoots Height Weight Hometown Current Team
Matt D’Agostini Forward R 6’0 198lbs Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. HC Ambri-Piotta (NLA)
Andrew Ebbett** Forward L 5’9 176lbs Vernon, B.C. SC Bern (NLA)
Jake Evans Forward R 6’0 185lbs Toronto University of Notre Dame
Curtis Hamilton Forward L 6’2 212lbs Kelowna, B.C. SaiPa (Liiga)
Chris Kelly Forward L 6’0 194lbs Toronto Belleville Senators
Jay McClement Forward L 6’1 205lbs Kingston, Ont. EHC Olten (NLB)
David McIntyre** Forward L 6’0 194lbs Pefferlaw, Ont. EV Zug (NLA)
P-A Parenteau Forward R 6’0 201lbs Boucherville, Ont. Genève-Servette HC (NLA)
Mason Raymond** Forward L 6’1 179lbs Cochrane, Alta. SC Bern (NLA)
Dylan Sikura Forward L 5’11 159lbs Aurora, Ont. Northeastern University
Nick Spaling** Forward L 6’1 198lbs Palmerston, Ont. Genève-Servette HC (NLA)
Christian Thomas Forward R 5’9 174lbs Toronto Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)
Victor Bartley Defence L 6’0 216lbs Maple Ridge, B.C. Örebro HK (SHL)
Jeremy Davies Defence L 5’11 181lbs Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que. Northeastern University
Cody Goloubef Defence R 6’1 200lbs Oakville, Ont. Stockton Heat (AHL)
Brandon Hickey Defence L 6’2 190lbs Leduc, Alta. Boston University
Maxim Noreau** Defence R 6’0 198lbs Montreal SC Bern (NLA)
Jeff Schultz Defence L 6’6 225lbs Calgary San Diego Gulls (AHL)
Barry Brust Goalie L 6’3 240lbs Swan River, Man. HC Fribourg-Gottéron (NLA)
Kevin Poulin Goalie L 6’2 205lbs Montreal Barys Astana (KHL)

**denotes player represented Canada at the 2016 Spengler Cup