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Hockey Canada Names Their Final Roster For Highly Anticipated Tournament

Published December 22, 2023 at 9:15 PM

Today Hockey Canada named their final roster for a highly anticipated upcoming tournament. The list of players includes several well-known players with NHL connections.

Hockey Canada Names Roster For Highly Anticipated Tournament

Today Hockey Canada finally announced their full roster for the upcoming Spengler Cup tournament. This tournament is one of the most prestigious tournaments that feature pro hockey players that Canada plays in.

The roster includes several former and future NHL players who will have the opportunity to represent their country.

Goaltenders (3)
Thomas Milic - Norfolk (ECHL)
Aaron Dell - Free Agent
Tyler Beskorowany - Belfast (EIHL)

Defencemen (9)
Dillon Heatherington - Belleville (AHL)
Jordie Benn - Brynas IF (HockeyAllsvenskan)
Joey LaLeggia - HC Lugano (NL)
Ty Smith - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
Thomas Schemitsch - Free Agent
Nathan Beaulieu - EHC Kloten (NL)
Zac Leslie - SC Rapperswil-Jona (NL)
Nicolas Beaudin - Laval (AHL)
Eric Gelinas - HC Ajoie (NL)

Forwards (13)
Jonathan Hazen - HC Ajoie (NL)
Michael Joly - HC Lugano (NL)
Massimo Rizzo - University of Denver (NCAA)
Corban Knight - SC Bern (NL)
Jonathan Ang - EHC Kloten (NL)
Derek Grant - ZSC Lions (NL)
Guillaume Asselin - HC Ajoie (NL)
John Quenneville - HC Lugano (NL)
Colton Sceviour - SC Bern (NL)
Josh Jooris - Geneve-Servette HC (NL)
Chris DiDomenico - HC Fribourg-Gotteron (NL)
Tyler Morley - EHC Kloten (NL)
Daniel Audette - HC Ajoie (NL)

Breaking Down Team Canada's Spengler Cup Roster

Team Canada comes into this tournament with a ton of talent on the roster. Let's take a look at some of the highlights from the roster announcement.

In goal, the Canadians will be strong with recent World Junior goaltender Thomas Milic leading the way. Milic is a top prospect for the Winnipeg Jets. He is followed by NHL veteran Aaron Dell who is currently a free agent. As well as Tyler Beskorowany who is best known for his time in the OHL and the Dallas Stars' minor league system.

On defense, the Canadians have a couple of former top prospects on the roster. Former first-round pick and current AHL defenseman Ty Smith leads the way. This defensive unit includes several players with NHL experience in Dillon Heatherington, Jordie Benn, Nathan Beaulieu, Nicolas Beaudin, and Eric Gelinas.

Up front is where Team Canada probably lacks the star power the most. They have notable former NHLers in Derek Grant, John Quenneville, and Colton Sceviour but beyond them and Flyers prospect Massimo Rizzo, the Canadians are lacking.

It will be interesting to see how this team built around defense and goaltending will do going up against several other strong teams in the Spengler Cup.

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