In the meantime the Canadians have become a fixture at the Spengler Cup. This year will mark their 33rd consecutive participation.

Hockey is Canada’s game. That statement says it all. Although other nations have caught up, although even the best Canadian team can be beaten by the Swedes, Russians, Finns, or Americans – even now in 2016 Canada is the hockey nation on this planet. Over 50 percent of all NHL players originate from there, they are the defending world and Olympic champions. Yes, they are that good that their European mercenaries could soon steal HC Davos’ distinction as the Spengler Cup’s record titleholder. They currently sit at 13 titles overall, after having defeated HC Lugano 4-3 in the final last New Year’s eve - HCD has 15. And all that after “only” 32 participations.

An establishment

So this will be the 33rd consecutive appearance for the Canadians. In the meantime they are as much a part of the Spengler Cup as the idyllic winter landscape or the high-spirited party atmosphere – they have become an establishment. What in 1984 began as experiment (and tournament victory), has truly become a tradition that defines the character of the tournament both on and off the ice. Athletically the team is a reliable force. It offers tempo, toughness, and spectacular play that is always good for a tournament win. Team Canada has already provided numerous hockey highlights, such as the NHL lockout team of 2012, a collection of world superstars (amongst others Tyler Seguin, John Tavares, or Patrice Bergeron) that had the spectators ecstatic. Off the ice the Canadians have managed to help lift the Spengler Cup to a new dimension - on the one side, through their on-ice performances, of course, and their popularity amongst the fans and sponsors, but on the other hand, their mere presence which has made the tournament available on live TV in Canada since 2002.

With each team a title contender

Interestingly it does not matter that much which players are there. Who will be starting in Davos and coached by whom will, as usual, only be released shortly before the tournament begins. Because Canada’s recipe for success lies in the Canadian hockey philosophy rather than a well-rehearsed team, the players barely need any time to settle in. Every child in the motherland of hockey learns to play the Canadian way early on. So there is no need for the coach to experiment or go over tactics for days: He can rely on his players to know how to play. At the same time the friendly atmosphere and a “fairy-tale Christmas” with the entire family ensure that the feel-good and fun factors are always high. That in turn motivates the Canadian players to not just honour the maple leaf on their chest at the Spengler Cup, but also offers the unique opportunity to present themselves to the hockey nation watching on TV at home.

Team players

Number Position Age Height Weight Nationality
Jordon Cooke 32 Goalie 1993 178 82 Canada
Zachary Fucale 30 Goalie 1995 188 86 Canada
Drew Macintyre 1 Goalie 1983 185 86 Canada
Mark Flood 36 Defence 1984 185 86 Canada
Charles Genoway 5 Defence 1984 185 86 Canada
Shaun Heshka 26 Defence 1985 185 93 Canada
Shaone Morrisonn 82 Defence 1982 193 95 Canada
Maxim Noreau 56 Defence 1987 180 95 Canada
Blake Parlett 7 Defence 1989 185 93 Canada
Daniel Vukovic 55 Defence 1986 188 102 Canada
Brandon Gormley 3 Defence 1992 188 91 Canada
Gregory Campbell 11 Forward 1983 183 86 Canada
Chris Didomenico 89 Forward 1989 180 78 Canada
Andrew Ebbett 19 Forward 1983 178 78 Canada
Cory Emmerton 25 Forward 1988 183 86 Canada
Colby Genoway 4 Forward 1983 183 88 Canada
Dustin Jeffrey 15 Forward 1988 185 88 Canada
David McIntyre 42 Forward 1987 183 87 Canada
Jacob Micflikier 71 Forward 1984 170 82 Canada
Marc-Antoine Pouliot 78 Forward 1985 188 93 Canada
Mason Raymond 21 Forward 1985 183 86 Canada
James Sheppard 88 Forward 1988 187 98 Canada
Nicholas Spaling 16 Forward 1988 185 93 Canada
Maxime Macenauer 14 Forward 1989 180 86 Canada
Francis Pare 40 Forward 1987 178 86 Canada
Mark Katic 23 Forward 1989 178 86 Canada