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Friday, April 25, 2008

Hockey: Canadian team gets ready for the World Championship

As we all know, the Hockey World Championship is really close and the expectation grows around the globe. For example, Canadian Hockey National Team had new additions to its world championship roster today, adding a blend of youth and experience, depth and front-line firepower.

Ten additional talented players, including two alternates, were named by general coach Steve Yzerman, bolstering a lineup that was already stacked with the likes of Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Shane Doan and Eric Staal.

The ten additions are goaltender Mathieu Garon, defencemen Brent Burns, Ed Jovanovski and Dan Hamhuis and forwards Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Chris Kunitz and Jason Spezza. The two Team Canada alternates are defenceman Mark Giordano and forward Sam Gagner.

In fact, Hockey Canada also announced that three players from the National Junior Team that competed at the 2007 Super Series, defenceman Logan Pyett and forwards Cory Emmerton and Kyle Turris, will join Team Canada just for training camp purposes.

We must remember that Heatley has scored 141 goals in the last three years with the Ottawa Senators and Team Canada will be looking for him to provide that kind of scoring punch in the IIHF tournament to begin on May 2. He should be helped in that pursuit by his Senators linemate, Spezza, who set a career high with 92 points this season.

We can say that Kunitz has been a solid player for Anaheim for the last three seasons, scoring 65 goals in that span with a +50 rating.

As for Jovanovski, he is coming off a career year on the Coyotes' blueline, scoring a career-high 51 points. He is a Team Canada veteran with an Olympic gold medal in 2002 on his resume.

Getzlaf and Burns are two talented young players looking to make an impact on the national team. Getzlaf scored 82 points this season with the Ducks, his third in the NHL, and had a +32 rating. Both totals were tops on Anaheim.

Now, lets mention that Garon rounds out Canada's goaltending trio with Cam Ward and Pascal Leclaire. He was 26-18-1 with the Oilers this season.

According to the board, the team expects to announce an additional defencemen in the coming days. Dion Phaneauf turned down the opportunity to join the team and will be replaced by Hamhuis on the blueline. It will be a really powerful squad.

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Anonymous Tony said...

we'll see, time will tell, good post

6:50 AM  

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