Team Canada roster set for 2023 Spengler Cup

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Team Canada’s roster has been set for the 2023 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. The tournament begins Boxing Day and ends New Year’s Eve. Canada’s first game is against Frolunda HC in Sweden.

Of the 25 players on the roster, eight players are from Ontario, five players are from Alberta, seven players are from British Columbia, and five are from Quebec. The eight players from Ontario are centre and Florida Panthers draft pick Jonathan Ang of Markham (Kloten HC), Kloten HC defenseman Nathan Beaulieu of Strathroy (played 11 National Hockey League seasons from 2012 to 2023 with the Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks), goaltender Tyler Beskorowany of Sudbury (Belfast), former Ottawa Senators left winger Chris DiDomenico of Toronto (Fribourg-Gotteron HC), former New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Eric Gelinas of Vanier (Ajoie HC), Geneve Serette right winger Josh Jooris of Burlington (played five NHL seasons from 2014 to 2018 with the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins), defenseman and Los Angeles Kings draft pick Zac Leslie of Ottawa (Rapperswil-Jona Lakers), defenseman and Panthers draft pick Thomas Schemitsch of Thornhill (Malmo).

The seven players from British Columbia are defenseman Jordie Benn of Victoria who plays for Brynas IF in Sweden (played 12 seasons in the NHL from 2011 to 2013 with the Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs), centre Derek Grant of Abbotsford who plays for Zurich SC (played 10 seasons in the NHL from 2012 to 2023 with the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers), former Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, and Philadelphia Flyers centre Corban Knight of Oliver (SC Bern), former Edmonton Oilers draft pick and defenseman Joey LaLeggia of Burnaby (Lugano), Kloten HC forward Tyler Morley of Burnaby, centre and Carolina Hurricanes draft pick Massimo Rizzo of Burnaby (University of Denver), and goaltender and Winnipeg Jets draft pick Thomas Milic of Coquitlam (Norfolk Admirals of ECHL).

The five players from Alberta are former New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Aaron Dell of Airdrie, former Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators defenseman Dillon Heatherington of Calgary (Belleville), former New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks centre John Quenneville of Edmonton (Lugano), Bern SC centre Colton Sceviour of Red Deer (played 11 seasons from 2010 to 2022 with the Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers), and former New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ty Smith of Lloydminster (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins).

The five players from Quebec are Ajoie HC right winger Guillaume Asselin of Quebec City, former Montreal Canadiens draft pick and centre Daniel Audette of Blainville (Ajoie HC), former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nicolas Beaudin of Chateauguay (Laval), Ajoie HC right winger Jonathan Hazen of Val-Belair, and Lugano right winger Michael Joly of Gatineau.



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