ZURICH-KLOTEN, SWITZERLAND – Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong completed Canada’s roster for the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland on Thursday, adding forward Travis Zajac (Winnipeg, Man./ New Jersey, NHL) to its 25-player roster. The 2009 IIHF World Championship runs from April 24-May 10 in Zurich-Kloten and Bern.
Canada’s active roster now includes 24 players, including three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 12 forwards. With Neal also remaining on the roster, Canada has completed its roster.
The roster includes 14 players with World Championship experience (Armstrong, Doan, Fisher, Hamhuis, Heatley, Horcoff, Lombardi, Mason, Phillips, Roloson, Roy, St. Louis, Spezza, Weber). Seven of the World Championship rookies (Coburn, Doughty, Harding, Schenn, Stamkos, Upshall, White) have had international experience with the National Junior Team. Zajac and Vlasic have no previous international experience.
Canada’s World Championship management group is working closely with Canada’s 2010 Olympic Management Group, led by Executive Director Steve Yzerman, in assembling this team and using this as an additional opportunity to prepare for the 2009-10 season, which will include the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Canada faces the Czech Republic in its first game of the qualification round at the 2009 IIHF World Championship, on Thursday, April 30 at 2:15 p.m. (EST)/ 8:15 p.m. (Local Time).
TSN/RDS will broadcast all of Canada’s games at the IIHF World Championship live across Canada. Check your local listings for game times in your area.