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2012 Spengler Cup All-Star Selections


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Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44), the Germany national team number one who split last season with the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League and Finnish elite league side IFK Helsinki, has a look up at the scoreboard during the heavy 6-2 loss to tournament host club HC Davos in the Spengler Cup contest at the Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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2012 SPENGLER CUP
Tournament All-Stars
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goal ……… Dennis ENDRAS, Adler Mannheim (Ger)
defense …. Santeri ALATALO, HC Davos (Switz)
defense …. Dennis SEIDENBERG, Alder Mannheim (Ger)
forward ….. Matt DUCHSENE, Canada
forward ….. Patrick KANE, HC Davos (Switz)
forward ….. Julien SPRUNGER, HC Fribourg Gotteron (Switz)

HC Davos add-on right wing PATRICK KANE, the locked-out NHL star who earned a silver medal with the United States at the Winter Olympic Games and then lifted the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks in 2010, was an easy choice for the 2012 Spengler Cup All-Star team after scoring four goals to top the tournament chart.

Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS was obviously selected on the strength of the 34 shots he saved in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club’s stunning 2-1 triumph over eventual tournament champion Canada on the opening day of play at the 2012 Spengler Cup.

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Adler Mannheim’s three-time Germany Olympic defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (4), the NHL refugee who was an important component on the Boston Bruins club that captured the coveted Stanley Cup trophy in 2011, fights to dispossess the puck from Canada right wing JASON WILLIAMS (29), the 32-year-old veteran who skated in 455 NHL games (94 go, 255 pts) over parts of eleven seasons with several clubs before signing with Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Ambri-Piotta just this past summer, during the Spengler Cup contest at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.

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Spengler Cup – Final ………………………….. Canada 7 – HC Davos 2


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Canada captain RYAN SMYTH of the Edmonton Oilers, the 36-year-old veteran who has represented his country at 11 major internatonal tournaments (79 ga, 18 go, 37 pts) while winning a gold meadal at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games along the way in his career, threatens to score as goaltender LEONARDO GENONI (30) and defenseman BEAT FORSTER (29) of HC Davos look to intercede during the SPENGLER CUP FINAL contested at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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Three goals inside the first nine minutes left the tired hosting club to chase a game it never had any hope of actually catching as the select national side of CANADA hammered HC DAVOS 7-2 in the Final of the 86th edition of the traditional SPENGLER CUP from Switzerland.

PATRICE BERGERON of Swiss Nationalliga A club HC Lugano, the NHL refugee who lifted the Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins, netted a goal 46 seconds into the game and then assisted on the next three strikes by Canada, as well. Spengler Cup captain RYAN SMYTH of the Edmonton Oilers and JOHN TAVARES, the locked-out New York Islanders why who is now skating with SC Bern in the Swiss elite league. And JASON SPEZZA of Swiss outfit SC Rapperswil-Jona, the exiled Ottawa Senators star who totaled 34 goals and 84 points in the National Hockey League last season, chipped in with a goal and an assist.

NHL starter DEVAN DUBNYK of the Edmonton Oilers turned aside 28 shots guarding the goal for Canada, who claimed its 12th Spengler Cup title of all time but first since 2007. The Canadians won their first Spengler Cup tournament, the annual, post-Christmas affair which always ends on New Year’s Eve day, in 1984. The competiton created by the legendary DR. CARL SPENGLER was initiated, to review, in 1923.

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HC Davos’ imported Finnish defenseman SANTERI ALATALO (2) can do nothing as Canada center PATRICE BERGERON (37) of Swiss Natonalliga A side HC Lugano shoots the puck past goaltender LEONARDO GENONI less than a minute into the Spengler Cup Final match watched by the sell-out crowd of 6,054 spectators at the Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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HC Davos, which began and ended its 2012 Spengler Cup tournament with losses by five goals each to Canada, had run out of gas. The Swiss Nationalliga A side had skated away from German elite league leaders Adler Mannheim, outscored Russian club Salavat Yulayev Ufa of the expanding Kontinental Hockey League and then nipped Czech Extraliga outfit HC Vitkovice on a second goal of the game by guesting American import PATRICK KANE with less than a minute to play in regulation. But the traditional Spengler Cup hosts were still not ready to seriously challenge the Canadian select squad, who had soundly defeated Swiss elite league leaders HC Fribourg Gotteron in their semifinal contest after earning the right to skip the quarterfinal round.

Smyth and Tavares both led Canada with three goals apiece at this 2012 Spengler Cup tournament. This pair were also the only two skaters (on a team loaded with 12 locked-out NHL players) to score a goal for the Canadians in more than one game at this 2012 Spengler Cup competition. These two had also each tallied in the Canucks’ 5-0 triumph over HC Davos earlier but, curiously enough, neither were selected to the official All-Star team by tournament officials.

Bergeron, after a four-point performance in the Final, finished as the leading scorer for Canada with five points in four Christmas holiday tournament games while four other players, including Spezza and Tavares, were right behind with four points apiece for the 2012 Spengler Cup tournament champions.

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HC Davos’ star legionnaire JOE THORNTON, the NHL refugee of the San Jose Sharks who has represented Canada at five major international tournaments (34 ga, 10 go, 29 pts) while winning a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games during his career, takes a shot to the face from Canada defenseman TRAVIS ROCHE (77) of Swiss Natonalliga A side SC Bern while being harrassed from behind by Canada forward JOSH HOLDEN (27) of Swiss elite league club EV Zug during the lopsided Final of the 86th Spengler Cup at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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2012 SPENGLER CUP
Davos, Switzerland
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CANADA : Dubnyk – Noreau, Colaiacovo ; Demers, Walser ; Roche, Kinrade ; DuPont, Barker – Gagner, Spezza, Tavares ; Seguin, Bergeron, Smyth ; Holden, Duchesne, Pouliot ; Micflikier, B. McLean, Williams

HC DAVOS : Genoni (Berra 31′) – Forster, Diaz ; Ramholt, Alatalo ; Grossmann, Schneeberger ; Back – Kane, Taticek, Eriksson ; Buergler, Marha, Thornton ; Brunner, R. van Arx, Hofmann ; Sciaroni, Steinmann, Wieser ; Sykora

1-0 … CAN – Bergeron (Tavares)
2-0 … CAN – Walser (Demers, Bergeron)
3-0 … CAN – Smyth (Bergeron)
3-1 … HCD – Buergler (Schneeberger)
4-1 … CAN – Smyth (Bergeron, DuPont)
5-1 … CAN – Tavares (Walser, DuPont)
6-1 … CAN – Spezza
7-1 … CAN – Tavares (Spezza)
7-2 … HCD – Diaz (Kane)

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2012 Spengler Cup – Quarterfinal ……………… HC Fribourg Gotteron 5 – Adler Mannheim 2


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HC Fribourg Gotteron’s locked-out Canadian legionnaire DAVID DESHARNAIS (51), the 26-year-old center who had a career-year in the National Hockey League with 16 goals and 60 points for the Montreal Canadiens last season, seeks to protect the puck from the stick of Adler Mannheim’s add-on NHL refugee LUCA SBISA (5) during the Spengler Cup quarterfinal contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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A shorthanded goal less than three minutes in set the tone for the match while two more third period strikes slammed the door shut as Nationalliga A leaders HC FRIBOURG GOTTERON eliminated Deutsche Eishockey Liga table-toppers ADLER MANNHEIM 5-2 at the quarterfinal stage of the 2012 Spengler Cup in Switzerland.

Adler Mannheim, who dumped Canada on the opening day of the traditional holiday tournament, were already missing five injured regular players at the Spengler Cup before Germany national team captain MARCEL GOC went down in the Baden-Wuerttemberg club’s last contest against Swiss host HC Davos. Plus, the recently signed free agent JOCHEN HECHT, the veteran NHLer and Germany national team left wing who had made such a fabulous start to his 2012/13 D.E.L. campaign (4 ga, 4 go, 11 pts), had been left off the tournament roster by Adler Mannheim, as well. Perhaps with an eye towards the remainder of the domestic schedule, Adler trainer HAROLD KREIS decided to give Germany national team number one goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS the day off and started talented backup FELIX BRUECKMANN, the 23-year-old who beat Swiss side EV Zug in the European Trophy tournament earlier this season, instead.

HC Fribourg Gotteron entered this Spengler Cup competition missing only two injured skaters, by comparison. Furthermore, the current Nationalliga A leaders had also strenghtened their roster before the tournament with the addition of no fewer than four refugees from the National Hockey League’s on-going labor dispute. Factor in locked-out Montreal Canadiens center DAVID DESHARNAIS, who has totaled 10 points (two goals) in a baker’s dozen Nationalliga A contests for HC Fribourg Gotteron this season, and trainer HANS KOSSMANN’s team were featuring five NHLers, altogether, at this annual post-Christmas ice hockey festival in Switzerland.

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HC Fribourg Gotteron’s American import GREG MAULDIN (20), the 30-year-old winger who has skated 36 NHL games (5 go, 10 pts) for the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche in his career, scores his second goal at this 2012 Spengler Cup tournament with a shorthanded effort early into the first period against German league-leaders Adler Mannheim at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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One of those four add-on NHLers presented Adler Mannheim with a power play opportunity just 2:07 into this Spengler Cup contest. BRUNO GERVAIS of German 2.Bundesliga club Heilbronner Falken, the former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman who is now under contract to the Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League, took the tripping penalty to leave HC Fribourg Gotteron shorthanded right away. But it was former NHLer GREG MAULDIN, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst product who is skating his first season in Switzerland after departing the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League this past summer, who made everything okay with a magnificent backhander over the blocker of Brueckmann just 50 seconds later.

Things might have been worse as HC Fribourg Gotteron outshot their German guests 12-8 in the first period with the young Adler Mannheim goaltender doing a decent job of holding the fort. The Swiss league leaders did score again, on the power play, only 1:03 into the second period at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos. 33-year-old veteran left wing BENNY PLUESS, like the American import Mauldin, had also netted in HC Fribourg Gotteron’s convincing 5-1 victory over Russian club Salavat Yulayev Ufa on the opening day of this 2012 Spengler Cup tournament.

Adler Mannheim made a determined effort to get back into the game nearing the halfway point of this Spengler Cup quarterfinal. Right wing FRANK MAUER, the 24-year-old who appeared with Germany at the 2011 IIHF World Championships (5 ga, 0 go, 3 pts), scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season in all competitions for ‘die Adler’ at the 29:18 mark of the match against HC Fribourg Gotteron. Canadian legionnaire YANNICK LEHOUX, the creative 30-year-old center who tops Adler Mannheim with 41 points in all games this term, provided the crucial pass.

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While HC Fribourg Gotteron’s American import GREG MAULDIN (20) jubilates at the side of the goal cage, Canadian legionnaire and currently locked-out Philadelphia Flyers forward MAXIME TALBOT (25) celebrates in front of the net after scoring at the 34:50 mark of the Spengler Cup contest with Adler Mannheim at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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MAXIME TALBOT (25), the 28-year-old who lifted the coveted Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, grabbed what would prove to be the game-winning goal for Swiss club HC Fribourg Gotteron against German side Adler Mannheim in the Spengler Cup quarterfinal contest.
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HC Fribourg Gotteron restored the two-goal advantage, however, with roughly five minutes left in the second period. Add-on NHLer MAXIME TALBOT, the exiled Philadelphia Flyers forward who has been skating with Ilves Tampere in the Finnish league this season (12 ga, 3 go, 6 pts), tallied his first Spengler Cup goal for the Swiss club and dampened the spirits of Adler Mannheim. Desharnais and Mauldin earned the assists for HC Fribourg Gotteron,

The Germans, though, would make a genuine effort to haul themselves back into contention, once again, in the third period. MATTHIAS PLACHTA, the youthful winger who represented Germany at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships, notched his 11th goal of the season in all competitions for Adler Mannheim. American defenseman STEVE WAGNER, the Mankato State (Minn.) University product who appeared in 46 NHL games (4 go, 12 pts) in his career before moving to Adler Mannheim in the summer of 2011, posted his third assist of this 2012 Spengler Cup tournament.

But the Nationalliga A leaders made certain that the Deutsche Eishockey Liga table-toppers did not stay in the hunt for long.

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A pair of goal-scorers come together as Adler Mannheim left wing MATTHIAS PLACHTA (22) tries to prevent the shot of HC Fribourg Gotteron right wing JULIEN SPRUNGER (86), the fourth round NHL draft pick (2004, # 107 overall) of the Minnesota Wild who has represented Switzerland at five major international tournaments (30 ga, 7 go, 10 pts) in his career, during the Spengler Cup quarterfinal contest watched by the sell-out crowd of 6,504 spectators at the Vaillant Arena in Davos.
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Adler Mannheim defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER took a fateful penalty for holding and HC Fribourg Gotteron, once again, met with success on the ensuing power play. Fittingly, it was the veteran Canadian legionnaire CHRISTIAN DUBE, the 35-year-old who skated in 33 NHL games (1 go, 2 pts) for the New York Rangers before signing to play with Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Lugano in the summer of 1999, to fire the goal that effectively broke the back of the D.E.L. club at the 9:07 mark of the final period. Along with the strike from Dube, the leading scorer (33 ga, 11 go, 32 pts) for HC Fribourg Gotteron in the Nationalliga A this season, the NHL refugee Desharnais recorded a second assist of this Spengler Cup match against die Adler.

Switzerland national team right wing JULIEN SPRUNGER, the 26-year-old who had earlier scored in each of HC Fribourg Gotteron’s two group games at this 2012 Spengler Cup, hammered the last nail into the coffin of Adler Mannheim with his third goal of the tournament at the 56:54 mark of the quarterfinal contest in Davos.

Mauldin and Sprunger are now tied for the lead having shot 14 goals in all competitions this term for HC Fribourg Gotteron, who advance to the semifinal and face-off against the select team representing Canada.

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2012 SPENGLER CUP
Davos, Switzerland
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HC FRIBOURG GOTTERON : Conz – Abplanalp, Kwiatkowski ; Heins, Birbaum ; Loeffel, Schilt ; Gervais – Sprunger, Pluess, Bykov ; Hornqvist, Dube, Gamache ; Talbot, Desharnais, Mauldin ; Knoepfli, Botter, Vauclair ; Bruegger

ADLER MANNHEIM : Brueckmann – Sifers, D. Seidenberg ; Bittner, Wagner ; M. Maurer, Sbisa ; Kettemer, N. Goc – Pominville, Bonino, Y. Seidenberg ; F. Mauer, Lehoux, Plachta ; Mitchell, MacDonald, Kink ; Hoefflin, El Sayed, Glumac

1-0 … HCFG – Mauldin
2-0 … HCFG – Pluess (Bykov, Sprunger)
2-1 … Adler – F. Mauer (Lehoux, Kink)
3-1 … HCFG – Talbot (Mauldin, Desharnais)
3-2 … Adler – Plachta (El Sayed, Wagner)
4-2 … HCFG – Dube (Desharnais, Hornqvist)
5-2 … HCFG – Sprunger (Pluess)

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2012 Spengler Cup Scoreboard …………………. HC Davos 6 – Adler Mannheim 2


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Adler Mannheim left wing MATTHIAS PLACHTA (22), the 21-year-old forward who received a punishing bodycheck in the second period and would not return, looks to shield the puck from HC Davos defenseman TIM RAMHOLT (6), the 28-year-old Swiss native who skated one game for the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League during the 2007/08 season, during the Spengler Cup contest watched by the sell-out crowd of 6,504 specatators at the Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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Six unanswered goals over the final thirty-six minutes of the contest made sure that the tournament host had its first victory at this competition as Swiss Nationalliga A side HC DAVOS skated away from Deutsche Eishockey Liga leaders ADLER MANNHEIM 6-2 at the 86th edition of the annual SPENGLER CUP in Switzerland.

Adler Mannheim, who had celebrated an emotional triumph at the expense of Canada’s select side on the tournament’s opening day, made a fast, if not fortunate beginning in their second match at the 2012 Spengler Cup. A wide angle slapshot from exiled Boston Bruins defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG bounced off the side of the cage upwards, riccocheted off the back of HC Davos netminder RETO GENONI and landed over the goal line. Seidenberg’s third strike in the colors of Adler Mannheim this season left the Nationalliga A side staring at a 1-0 deficit just 3:18 into the contest.

Everything seemed to going alright, then, for the German club, who outshot their gracious Swiss host 12-9 in the first period of play.

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Adler Mannheim defenseman DENNIS SEIDENBERG (4), the three-time German Olympian who won the coveted Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins a couple of seasons ago, signals his goal very early into the Spengler Cup match with host HC Davos at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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HC Davos, to review, had already bowed in its first game at this 2012 Spengler Cup to Canada by the wide margin of 5-0. After defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER scored his very first goal in any competition of this season for Adler Mannheim just 3:11 into the second period, it appeared as if the host team from Switzerland was heading for yet another loss in this tournament. But things were about to change quickly for the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club, who saw Germany national team captain MARCEL GOC, the NHL exile still under contract to the Florida Panthers, go down injured earlier in the first period.

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HC Davos defenseman SANTERI ALATALO (2), the 22-year-old Finn who transferred from HPK Hameenlinna just after the start of this season, completes his check on Adler Mannheim’s Canadian legionnaire ADAM MITCHELL (27), the former Colgate University right wing who scored the first goal in the German elite league-leaders’ surprising 2-1 triumph over Canada on the opening day of the tournament, during the Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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NHL refugee PATRICK KANE, the Chicago Black Hawks right wing who has been skating with EHC Biel-Bienne (17 ga, 11 go, 19 pts) in the Swiss Nationalliga A this season while the labor situation in North America goes unresolved, was already proving himself to be a handful for the Adler Mannheim defense. Although the 24-year-old who won a silver medal with the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games would not get his name on the scoresheet, Kane did end up leading HC Davos with six shots on target in the match with Adler Mannheim. Shortly after falling behind by a pair of goals to their German guests, however, it was time for another NHL star to lead the assault for the Spengler Cup tournament host.

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Canada’s 2010 Olympic gold medalist JOE THORNTON (19), the 33-year-old Lock-Out refugee who registered 77 points in 82 NHL games for the San Jose Sharks last season and has posted 31 points in 30 Nationalliga A contests for HC Davos this term, competes for the airborne puck with a pair of Adler Mannheim defenders during the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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It was a nifty pass from Canadian star legionnaire JOE THORNTON that set young forward ENZO CORVI up at close range in the left face-off circle just one minute and four seconds after HC Davos had fallen behind 2-0. After more than four completed periods of ice hockey at the 2012 Spengler Cup, the host team had finally scored itself a goal! It was also a first goal of the entire season for HC Davos by Corvi, the 20-year-old winger who has skated 17 games but gone pointless in the Nationalliga A so far this term.

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HC Davos right wing SVEN RYSER (68) and Adler Mannheim’s guest defenseman LUCA SBISA (5), the locked-out Swiss NHLer borrowed for the tournament from Nationalliga A club HC Lugano, watch as the successful shot from 20-year-old ENZO CORVI (foreground) flies past experienced Germany national team netminder DENNIS ENDRAS (44) at the 24:15 mark of the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena.
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NHL star center JOE THORNTON (19), the veteran Canadian who leads HC Davos with both 23 assists and 31 points in the domestic league this season, celebrates with SVEN RYSER (68), the 22-year-old right wing who transferred to HC Davos from defending Swiss Nationalliga A champion SC Zuerich this past summer, after setting up the first goal of the 2012 Spengler Cup for the tournament’s host squad.
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Thornton, who would be unlucky to hit the post in the third period, and HC Davos were only just getting started, however.

Adler Mannheim’s add-on defenseman LUCA SBISA, the Anaheim Ducks exile who is on loan to the D.E.L. club for the Spengler Cup tournament, took a fateful slashing penalty at the 8:10 mark of the second period. And the hosts took advantage just 35 seconds later although it may have been a case of Lady Luck straightening herself out. After all, it was a centering pass by HC Davos left wing DINO WIESER that was re-directed into his own net by Adler Mannheim’s unfortunate American import JAMIE SIFERS, the former University of Vermont defenseman who skated a combined 37 NHL games (0 go, 2 pts) for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild before signing with the German club from Baden-Wuerttemberg in the summer of 2011.

But Wieser was not through, either …

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DINO WIESER (56), the 23-year-old left wing who represented Switzerland at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships held in the Czech Republic and has scored 10 goals in 33 Nationalliga A games for the Swiss elite league club this season, is congratulated by right wing GREGORY SCIARONI (18) after drawing host HC Davos level with German top flight outfit Adler Mannheim at the 28:45 mark of the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena.
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Less than three minutes after tying the match, the HC Davos winger would give the host club its very first lead of the entire tournament after collecting a loose puck in the center ice area. Wieser burst into the zone at the 31:14 mark of this Spengler Cup contest and whipped a wrist shot from the right face-off circle past Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS and in off upper corner of the post. Although the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club had outshot its Nationalliga A counterpart 16-15 in the second period, it was clearly Adler Mannheim who were on the ropes going into the dressing room for the second intermission.

Flourishing HC Davos duly applied the knockout blow by scoring three goals in the third period. Swedish import LOUI ERIKSSON, the NHL refugee from the Dallas Stars who just started skating in the Nationalliga A (5 ga, 2 go, 5 pts) not so long ago, set the tone for the final twenty minutes with a fabulous bit of skill just 54 seconds after the opening face-off of the third period. Talented youngster GREGORY HOFMANN, the 20-year-old who had five shots on target and impressed with speed throughout the contest, and imported Finnish defenseman SANTERI ALATALO tacked on well-taken goals for the Swiss host, as well.

The shots-on-goal for the game actually finished even at 34-34 but, as is often the case in hockey, hardly told the story of this particular Spengler Cup clash.

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HC Davos winger LOUI ERIKSSON (23), the 2010 Sweden Olympic veteran who totaled 26 goals and 71 points in 82 NHL games for the Dallas Stars last season, goes to the backhand and beats Adler Mannheim’s beleaguered Germany national team goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) at the 40:54 mark of the Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Switzerland.
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HC Davos right wing GREGORY HOFMANN (15), the speedy fourth round selection (# 103 overall) of the Carolina Hurricane at the 2011 National Hockey League Draft who is tied for the Swiss club’s leadership with 12 goals scored in the Nationalliga A this season, skillfully swats the rebounding shot out of the air baseball-style to net a spectacular strike at the 48:28 mark of the Spengler Cup contest with German side Adler Mannheim at the Vaillant Arena.
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Finnish defenseman SANTERI ALATALO (2), after joining the rush late and taking an inviting pass from veteran NHL star Joe Thornton, closed out the scoring for Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Davos at the 50:07 mark of the Spengler Cup contest with Deutsche Eishockey Liga opponent Adler Mannheim at the sold-out Vaillant Arena, which is known as the “Eisstadion Davos” to German-speakers.
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Davos, Switzerland
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ADLER MANNHEIM : Endras – Sifers, D. Seidenberg ; Bittner, Wagner ; M. Maurer, Sbisa ; Kettemer, N. Goc – Pominville, M. Goc, Bonino ; F. Mauer, Lehoux, Plachta ; Mitchell, MacDonald, Y. Seidenberg ; Kink, El Sayed, Glumac

HC DAVOS : Genoni – Joggi, Forster ; Grossmann, Alatalo ; Back, Schneeberger ; Ramholt – Ryser, Thornton, Corvi ; Kane, Taticek, Eriksson ; Sykora, Marha, Hofmann ; Wieser, Steinmann, Sciaroni ; R. van Arx

1-0 … Adler – D. Seidenberg
2-0 … Adler – Kettemer (Glumac)
2-1 … Davos – Corvi (Thornton)
2-2 … Davos – Wieser (Steinmann, Back)
2-3 … Davos – Wieser
2-4 … Davos – Eriksson (Taticek)
2-5 … Davos – Hofmann (Sykora, Forster)
2-6 … Davos – Alatalo (Thornton)

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2012 Spengler Cup Scoreboard ………………. Adler Mannheim 2 – Canada 1


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Adler Mannheim defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER (69) and Canada forward BYRON RITCHIE (93) of Swiss club SC Bern, the well-traveled, 35-year-old former National Hockey League performer, struggle to gain control of the puck during the dramatic and surprising Spengler Cup match watched by a capacity crowd of 6,504 spectators at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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A breakaway goal by the newly-signed NHL refugee and stellar goaltending by the national team number one enabled German elite league leaders ADLER MANNHEIM to shock the select team of CANADA 2-1 in overtime on the opening day of play at the 86th edition of the traditionally post-Christmas SPENGLER CUP tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

It was a strong attack from Canada, whose first line featured two players who totaled more than 30 goals and 80 points in the vaunted National Hockey League last season and whose second line included a pair of skaters who each boasted more than twenty goals and sixty points in the NHL last term for the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, that controlled the first period only to be turned aside repeatedly by Adler Mannheim netminder DENNIS ENDRAS. And then the Deutsche Eishockey Liga table-toppers grabbed the first goal of the Spengler Cup contest on the power play late in the opening session, not so long after having effectively killed off the game’s first penalty, themselves. TYLER SEGUIN, the youthful Boston refugee who is the leading goal-scorer in the Swiss elite league for EHC Biel-Bienne this season, had taken the tripping call to leave Canada shorthanded.

Ironically enough, it was Adler Mannheim’s Canadian legionnaire ADAM MITCHELL, the 29-year-old veteran who never played professional hockey in North America after concluding his NCAA college career at Colgate University, who sent the German club to the lead at the 15:54 mark. Mitchell tipped the point shot of imported American STEVE WAGNER, the journeyman defender who appeared in 46 NHL games (4 go, 12 pts) over the course of two campaigns for the St. Louis Blues several years ago, past Canada goaltender JONATHAN BERNIER, the backup last season for the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Quite naturally, both the sell-out crowd and the Canadian select side at the Vaillant Arena in Davos were completely stunned.

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ADAM MITCHELL (27) notched his ninth goal of this 2012/13 season in all competitions for current German league leaders Adler Mannheim with his power play strike against Canada at the Spengler Cup.
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Now skating a goal to the good, Adler Mannheim continued to stay organized and focused while making sure to get all five players back behind the puck on defense anytime after losing possession. Canada continued to dictate the overall direction of traffic in a penalty-filled second period but had a hard time dealing with both the tenacity of its Deutsche Eishockey Liga opposition as well as it’s own finishing skills. Endras, the first choice for Germany at the last three annual IIHF World Championships, was doing his part between the pipes for Adler Mannheim, as well.

The third period was particularly exciting as Canada sought to level the score. JASON SPEZZA, the exiled Ottawa Senators star who has been skating in the Swiss Nationalliga A with SC Rapperswil-Jona this term, had three excellent chances in the precious slot area but would not be able to connect. Linemate JOHN TAVARES, the New York Islanders sniper who is now with last season’s Nationalliga A beaten playoff finalist SC Bern, had been menacing all contest long but would also be held off the scoresheet in this Spengler Cup contest.

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Adler Mannheim defenseman FLORIAN KETTEMER (69), the 26-year-old native of Kaufbeuren who is now in his second season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga club from Baden-Wuerttemberg after transferring from the Augsburg Panthers in Bavaria, delivers a punishing blow to a Canada player near the boards at the Vaillant Arena, which is known to German-speakers as the Eisstadion Davos, during the Spengler Cup contest in Switzerland.
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Adler Mannheim might have cooked Canada’s goose by scoring a second goal nearing the halfway point of the final period at the Vaillant Arena in Davos. Unfortunately for the German club, however, the shot from MATTHIAS PLACHTA clanked harmlessly off the post to Bernier’s left. The 21-year-old left wing would again figure very prominently, though, shortly thereafter by drawing a pivotal interference penalty at the 49:10 mark of this Spengler Cup match in Switzerland.

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Adler Mannheim forward MATTHIAS PLACHTA (22) looks to play the puck after colliding with Canada forward TYLER SEGUIN, the Boston Bruins exile who is currently leading the Swiss Nationalliga A in goal-scoring for EHC Biel-Bienne, during the surprising Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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As any quality team would, Canada took full advantage of the critical opportunity with the power play. A beautiful, cross-ice pass from center PATRICE BERGERON of HC Lugano, the 27-year-old veteran who claimed an Olympic gold medal in 2010 and then a Stanley Cup championship with the Boston Bruins in 2011, found his NHL constituent, Seguin, all alone at the other side of the net. Endras was left with absolutely no chance, then, and so the Canucks were level with exactly nine and a half minutes remaining.

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Canada left wing RYAN SMYTH (94), the 36-year-old who has now appeared in 1,151 NHL games after totaling 19 goals and 46 points in 82 games for the Edmonton Oilers during the 2011/12 campaign, cannot put the puck past standout Adler Mannheim goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) during the Spengler Cup match at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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Oddly enough, it was in the third period that Adler Mannheim came closest to their opponents in the shots-on-goal department (11-9 in favor of Canada). But it was also abundantly clear that this Adler Mannheim team trained by HAROLD KREIS, who was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but spent his entire senior career in Deutschland and twice represented West Germany at the Winter Olympic Games during his playing days, was very cautious by nature and would not be troubled if this Spengler Cup match progressed to overtime or, perhaps, even a shootout. With the goaltender Endras in such fine form, the German club had little reason to employ risky, offensive-minded tactics.

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Canada forward JOHN TAVARES of Swiss club SC Bern, the 22-year-old star who scored 31 goals (81 points) for the New York Islanders in the National Hockey League last season, is harrassed in front of the net by Adler Mannheim’s add-on defenseman MARCO MAURER, the 24-year-old who was borrowed by the German elite league leaders from reigning Swiss Nationalliga A champion SC Zuerich for this holiday tournament, as Germany national team goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) makes yet another save during the Spengler Cup contest at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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Bergeron, who scored 22 goals (64 pts) in the NHL for the Boston Bruins last year, had an enormous chance to be the big hero on the breakaway in overtime but could not negotiate Endras, the Minnesota Wild reject who would finish this Spengler Cup match against Canada with 34 saves for Adler Mannheim.

Wagner, the former Mankato (Minn.) State Univeristy defenseman who signed for the Baden-Wuerttemberg club in the summer of 2011 after departing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the American Hockey League, would make the Canucks pay dearly for that miss roughly half a minute later. A long, pinpoint pass out of the back to Adler Mannheim’s newly-arrived Canadian legionnaire JASON POMINVILLE, the 30-year-old veteran who posted 30 goals and 73 points in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres last season, produced yet another breakaway. This time, there was to be no heart-stopping save from the Canada goaltender.

Pominville’s seventh goal in as many games for Adler Mannheim gave the German elite league leaders a most memorable victory and a belated Christmas present on the first day of the 2012 Spengler Cup tournament.

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Adler Mannheim’s Canadian legionnaire JASON POMINVILLE (50), the NHL refugee still under contract to the Buffalo Sabres, wheels away with glee after beating Canada netminder JONATHAN BERNIER (45) of the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on the breakaway in overtime of the Spengler Cup contest at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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2012 SPENGLER CUP
Davos, Switzerland
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CANADA : Bernier – Demers, Walser ; Noreau, Colaiacovo ; DuPont, Barker ; Roche, Kinrade – Gagner, Spezza, Tavares ; Seguin, Bergeron, Ritchie ; McLean, Holden, Smyth ; Micflikier, Duchesne, Williams

ADLER MANNHEIM : Endras – Sifers, D. Seidenberg ; Bittner, Wagner ; M. Maurer, Sbisa ; Kettemer, N. Goc – Pominville, M. Goc, Bonino ; F. Mauer, Lehoux, Plachta ; Mitchell, MacDonald, Y. Seidenberg ; Kink, El Sayed, Glumac

0-1 … Adler – Mitchell (Wagner, MacDonald)
1-1 … Canada – Seguin (Bergeron, Ritchie)
1-2 … Adler – Pominville (Wagner)

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Adler Mannheim players including Germany national team defenseman NIKOLAI GOC (77) and youthful center MARC EL-SAYED, the 21-year-old who represented Deutschland at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships congratulate goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS after the current Deutsche Eishockey Liga leaders upset the Canada national team laden complete with genuine NHL stars on opening day of play at the 86th Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.
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Adler Mannheim – Spengler Cup Guests Include Two NHL Regulars


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Canada star center JOHN TAVARES (20), the exiled New York Islanders sharpshooter who is currently skating with SC Bern in the Swiss Nationalliga A (25 ga, 16 go, 39 pts), struggles to keep his balance before Adler Mannheim’s add-on MARCO MAURER (38), the blueliner borrowed from reigning NLA titlist SC Zuerich, during the dramatic Spengler Cup contest which would require extra time to settle at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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It has long been traditional for clubs competing in the venerable SPENGLER CUP held annually in Davos, Switzerland, to bring along ‘guest’ players in order to strengthen the team’s roster. Nothing has changed, of course, for this 86th installment of the post-Christmas tournament that was initiated by the legendary DR. CARL SPENGLER all the way back in 1923. The regulations governing the Spengler Cup allow for participating clubs to add a maximum of three players who were not already officially registered on the roster.

ADLER MANNHEIM, the current leaders in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, have added their fair share of reinforcements for the 2012 Spengler Cup tournament. Additions which particularly come in handy given all the injuries suffered lately by the Baden-Wuerttemberg club trained by HAROLD KREIS, the former defenseman who represented West Germany at the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympic Games back in his day. Two of the three guest players brought on board by Adler Mannheim, promising Switzerland national team defenseman LUCA SBISA and American forward NICK BONINO, were regulars last season for the Anaheim Ducks in the vaunted National Hockey League.

The third guest player for Adler Mannheim at the 2012 Spengler Cup in Davos will be defenseman MARCO MAURER, the 24-year-old former HC Servette Geneva rearguard who transferred from SC Rapperswil-Jona to current defending Nationalliga A champions SC Zuerich just this past summer.

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Now 22 years of age, defenseman LUCA SBISA made his senior international debut for Switzerland at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the western Canadian city of Vancouver and has, to date, appeared at three major international tournaments (18 ga, 0 go, 2 pts), including the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, for his homeland.
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Sbisa, who was the first round pick (# 19 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2008 NHL Draft and has never skated even one single professional game in North America below the elite league level, and Maurer are most logical acquisitions for an Adler Mannheim club that is, at present, minus Canadian legionnaires SHAWN BELLE and DOUG JANIK as well as Germany national team defenseman DENNIS REUL. Janik is the defenseman not named Seidenberg on the Baden-Wuerttemberg club with the most NHL experience in his career while the rugged Belle just so happens to be a former NHL 1st round draft choice, himself. Sbisa, who appeared in 80 NHL games (5 go, 24 pts) for Anaheim a year ago, has totaled five goals and eleven points in 28 Nationalliga A contests for HC Lugano this term.

The 24-year-old Bonino had his best professional season a year ago after skating in 50 NHL games and registering five goals and 18 points for the Ducks during a 2011/12 campaign which also saw the former Boston University center compile 22 points (six goals) in 19 contests for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

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Imported American center NICK BONINO (63), the Connecticut native who was the sixth round selection (#173 overall) of the San Jose Sharks at the 2007 National Hockey League Draft, has averaged nearly three points per game while turning out for modest HC Neumarkt Egna a baker’s dozen times (17 go, 38 pts) in the Italian second division this 2012/13 season.

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Spengler Cup – NHL Stars Highlight Canada Roster


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Spearheaded by two talented players who both recorded more than 30 goals as well as 80 points in the vaunted National Hockey League last season, JASON SPEZZA and JOHN TAVARES, as well as bolstered by 2011 Stanley Cup champion PATRICE BERGERON, an Olympic gold medal winner at the 2010 Winter Games hosted by Vancouver, the select squad representing CANADA appeared to be very strong, indeed, heading into the 86th installment of the great SPENGLER CUP from Davos, Switzerland.

Altogether, this national team of Canada appearing at the 2012 Spengler Cup features no fewer than ten skaters and two goaltenders currently under contract to National Hockey League clubs across the Atlantic Ocean in North America. Eight of those players have been occupying their time during the current “Lock-Out” situation that has shut down the NHL by playing for various clubs in Europe. Five of the European exiles — including the explosive trio of Bergeron, Spezza and Tavares — are now starring with clubs the Swiss Nationalliga A. And TYLER SEGUIN, the promising 20-year-old who totaled 29 goals and 67 points for the Boston Bruins in the NHL last term, is leading the entire Swiss top flight for EHC Biel-Bienne at present having scored 25 goals in just 29 games this 2012/13 season.

One of the two goaltenders on Canada’s squad at the 2012 Spengler Cup, JONATHAN BERNIER, spent last season in the National Hockey League as the capable backup for the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings.

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Canada center BYRON RITCHIE (93) of Swiss club SC Bern, the well-traveled, 35-year-old veteran of 324 NHL games (25 go, 58 pts) who has also played for teams in Sweden and Belarus in addition to Switzerland in his long career, steps away from the ineffective Ader Mannheim defensive pair of FLORIAN KETTEMER (69) and Germany national team rearguard NIKOLAI GOC (77) during the tightly-contested first round match of the historic Spengler Cup at the sold-out Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland.
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gk – 45 … Jonathan BERNIER ….. Heilbronner Falken (Ger.2) / LOS ANGELES
gk – 40 … Devan DUBNYK ……… EDMONTON

df — 4 … Cam BARKER ………… Texas Stars (AHL) / EDMONTON
df — 5 … Jason DEMERS ………. Karat Oulu (Fin) / SAN JOSE
df — 7 … Geoff KINRADE ………. SC Bern (Switz)
df – 25 … Micki DUPONT ……….. HC Lugano (Switz)
df – 26 … Maxim NOREAU ……… HC Ambri-Piotta (Switz)
df – 28 … Carlo COLAIACOVO … DETROIT
df – 43 … Derrick WALSER …….. SC Rapperswil-Jona (Switz)
df – 77 … Travis ROCHE ……….. SC Bern (Switz)

fw — 9 … Matt DUCHESNE …….. HC Ambri-Piotta (Switz) / COLORADO
fw – 10 … Pascal PELLETIER …. SC Langnau (Switz)
fw – 11 … Jacob MICFLIKIER ….. EHC Biel-Bienne (Switz)
fw – 15 … Brett MCLEAN ……….. HC Lugano (Switz)
fw – 17 … Kurtis MCLEAN ………. SC Langau (Switz)
fw – 19 … Jason SPEZZA ……….. SC Rapperswil-Jona (Switz) / OTTAWA
fw – 20 … John TAVARES ………. SC Bern / NY ISLANDERS
fw – 27 … Josh HOLDEN ………… EV Zug (Switz)
fw – 29 … Jason WILLIAMS ……… HC Ambri-Piotta (Switz)
fw – 37 … Patrice BERGERON …. HC Lugano (Switz) / BOSTON
fw – 78 … Marc POULIOT ……….. SC Bern (Switz)
fw – 89 … Sam GAGNER ………… AC Klagenfurt (Aut) / EDMONTON
fw – 92 … Tyler SEGUIN …………. EHC Biel-Bienne (Switz) / BOSTON
fw – 93 … Byron RITCHIE ……….. SC Bern (Switz)
fw – 94 … Ryan SMYTH ………….. EDMONTON

NOTE — Two veteran defensemen on the blue line for the national team of Canada appearing at this year’s edition of the venerable Spengler Cup, MICKI DUPONT and DERRICK WALSER, have both contested multiple seasons with Eisbaeren Berlin in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga before tranferring to clubs in Switzerland.

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The Canadian contigent at the 2012 Spengler Cup is directed by DOUG SHEDDEN (left), the current trainer of Swiss side EV Zug who once skated 416 games and scored 139 goals (325 points) for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Quebec Nordigues in the National Hockey League; Shedden, who also guided the national team of Finland to a bronze medal at the 2007 IIHF World Championships, is ably assisted by CHRIS MCSORLEY (right), the trainer of HC Servette-Geneva and former national team boss of Great Britain who also just so happens to be the brother of the former Edmonton Oilers’ Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Marty McSorley.
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Certainly, it is a much higher-calibre national team of Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup than the one that appeared at the 2012 Deutschland Cup held at the end of November earlier this season. In Germany, the Canadian squad had only four players who had participated in at least one hundred National Hockey League games over the course of their careers. Meanwhile, this time in Switzerland, the Canucks have 15 players on their roster who have skated in at least 100 NHL games.

Adler Mannheim had four skaters — defenseman NIKOLAI GOC as well as forwards MARCUS KINK, FRANK MAUER and CHRISTOPH ULLMANN — plus backup goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS representing the national team when Germany defeated that Canadian select side 3-2 at the Deutschland Cup match in Munich; the national side of Canada were actually aided by three players from Adler Mannheim — defenseman SHAWN BELLE and forwards YANNICK LEHOUX and ADAM MTICHELL — at that tournament in Bavaria.

One high-experienced skater for Canada at the 2012 Spengler Cup in Switzerland is Edmonton Oilers veteran RYAN SMYTH, the 36-year-old left wing who has represented his country at 11 major international tournaments (79 ga, 13 go, 30 pts) and collected an Olympic gold medal at the 2002 Winter Games hosted by Salt Lake City.

CANADA – North American Professional Experience (number of games played)
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R. SMYTH …………… 1,151 NHL, 9 AHL
J. SPEZZA ……………… 606 NHL, 123 AHL
P. BERGERGON ………. 537 NHL, 68 AHL
J. WILLIAMS ……………. 455 NHL, 249 AHL
B. MCLEAN …………….. 385 NHL, 274 AHL, 8 ECHL
C. COLAIAVOCO ……… 370 NHL, 132 AHL
S. GAGNER ……………. 366 NHL
B. RITCHIE …………….. 324 NHL, 206 AHL, 111 IHL
C. BARKER …………….. 296 NHL, 93 AHL
J. TAVARES ……………. 243 NHL
M. DUCHESNE …………. 219 NHL
M. POULIOT ……………. 192 NHL, 274 AHL
J. DEMERS ……………… 183 NHL, 103 AHL
T. SEGUIN ………………. 155 NHL
D. DUBNYK ……………… 101 NHL, 132 AHL
J. HOLDEN ……………….. 60 NHL, 268 AHL
T. ROCHE ………………… 60 NHL, 405 AHL
D. WALSER ………………. 91 NHL, 411 AHL, 78 ECHL
J. BERNIER ……………….. 48 NHL, 115 NHL
M. DUPONT ……………….. 23 NHL, 356 AHL
P. PELLETIER …………….. 13 NHL, 357 AHL, 88 ECHL
M. NOREAU …………………. 6 NHL, 279 AHL, 2 ECHL
K. MCLEAN ………………….. 4 NHL, 225 AHL, 57 ECHL
G. KINRADE …………………. 1 NHL, 164 AHL

J. MICFLIKIER ………………………… 250 AHL, 53 ECHL

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Canada left wing MATT DUCHESNE (9) now of Swiss Nationalliga A side HC Ambri-Piotta, the 21-year-old who was the third player chosen overall at the 2009 National Hockey League Draft and totaled 14 goals and 28 points in 58 NHL games for the Colorado Avalanche last season, is just one of a dozen former 1st round NHL Draft picks on trainer Doug Shedden’s Canadian select squad competing at the 2012 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.

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