Former NHL players highlight Canada’s roster for 2022 Spengler Cup

Canada have revealed their roster for the upcoming Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, with the team looking to win gold for the fifth time in six events later next week.

It’s the first time the Spengler has performed since 2019, with COVID-19 forcing the last two races to be called off.

The list includes a host of former NHL players, including Tyler Ennis, Brett Connolly, Cody Eakin, Daniel Carr and Daniel Winnik. There are also nine AHL players, including goaltender Michael Hutchinson, defensemen Kevin Connauton and Josh Brook, and forwards Brendan Perlini and Riley Nash, among others.

Three players from the team that won gold in 2019 – Winnik, Desharnais and DiDomenico – will return, while DiDomenico will be competing for the sixth time. Desharnais and Winnik were also part of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics roster that was knocked out of the quarter-finals.

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Canada is going with Hutchinson and Michael DiPietro as goaltenders. Hutchinson, 32, has never represented Canada internationally but has 137 games of NHL experience with Toronto, Florida, Winnipeg and Colorado. He currently plays with the Vegas AHL team in Henderson, where he shares the net with Lauren Brossoit and Jiri Patera.

DiPietro was Canada’s starting goaltender on the 2019 World Junior Championship team and was involved with the team at the Men’s World Championship, U-18 and U-17 World Hockey Challenge. After starting the year as an extra goaltender with the Abbotsford Heat in the AHL, he was traded to Boston and currently plays for Maine in the ECHL.

Canada is going for gold for the 17th time in tournament history. They will open the tournament against HC Sparta Praha in the preliminary round, with Davos being their last opponent in the round robin. The Spengler is the oldest invitational tournament in the world, with six teams battling for the title from December 26-31.

Canada will be coached by Travis Green, with Josh Holden and Scott Niedermayer as assistants. The management group is led by Shane Doan, with Daniel Briere, Andrew Ebbett and Ray Whitney helping to select the roster.

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