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Three Manitobans to Represent Canada at Spengler Cup

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Three Manitobans to Represent Canada at Spengler Cup

Much like that of the annual World Junior Hockey Championship, the Spengler Cup also kicks off after Christmas every year. Hosted by Davos, Switzerland, national teams from around the world send their top players (not committed to an NHL team) to participate in the oldest invitational tournament around.

Running from December 26-31, the six-team round robin showdown will once again feature the most winningest team in Spengler Cup history – the Canadians (sixteen championships) – which will face off against teams from Czechia, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland this year.

Canada named its roster late last week, and begins preliminary play from Eisstadion Davos on Boxing Day at 1:15 PM central time. Highlighting its 25-man roster are three returnee players from the championship-winning 2019 squad (David Desharnais, Chris DiDomenico, Daniel Winnik), while three Manitobans have also been chosen to represent Canada (Josh Brook, Cody Eakin, Wyatt Kalynuk).

Opting to go with eight defencemen, 15 forwards and two goaltenders, the large roster is home to 17 players with NHL experience on their respective resumes. For fans of the Manitoba Moose, both Michael Hutchinson and Kevin Connauton suited up in the AHL for Manitoba, while Hutchinson also spent time with the Jets during his career.

“It’s an exciting group of players we have assembled as we begin another quest for a Spengler Cup championship in Switzerland,” Canadian team general manager Shane Doan said. “Our roster has plenty of experience in short-term competition, including previous Spengler Cups, and significant experience playing in some of the best leagues in the world. We are confident the group we have named today will represent the country with pride and compete hard for a 17th tournament title.”

With COVID wiping out the 2020 and 2021 Spengler Cups, Canada will look to defend its 2019 title as the event returns for the first time in three years, beginning on Boxing Day. The preliminary round runs from December 26-28, while the championships will go on December 31. All games can be viewed live on TSN.

Full roster:

Forward Sherwood Park, Alta
Philip-Michael Devos  Forward Sorel-Tracy, Que.
Cody Eakin  Forward Winnipeg, Man.
Jonathan Ang  Forward Markham, Ont.
Riley Nash  Forward Consort, Alta.
Kris Bennett  Forward Brampton, Ont.
Alan Quine  Forward Belleville, Ont.
Cory Emmerton  Forward St. Thomas, Ont.
Daniel Winnik  Forward Toronto, Ont.
Brendan Perlini  Forward Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
David Desharnais  Forward Laurier-Station, Que.
Tyler Ennis  Forward Edmonton, Alta.
Colton Sceviour  Forward Red Deer, Alta.
Chris DiDomenico  Forward Woodbridge, Ont.
Brett Connolly  Forward Campbell River, B.C.
Thomas Gregoire  Defence Sherbrooke, Que.
Josh Brook  Defence Roblin, Man.
Jérôme Leduc  Defence Quebec, Que.
Tobie Bisson  Defence Rosemere, Que.
Nicolas Beaudin  Defence Chateauguay, Que.
Cody Goloubef  Defence Oakville, Ont.
Kevin Connauton  Defence Edmonton, Alta.
Wyatt Kalynuk  Defence Brandon, Man.
Michael Hutchinson Goaltender Barrie, Ont.
Michael DiPietro Goaltender Windsor, Ont.


Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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