There will be good Boston Bruins representation on the Team Canada entry in the European Spengler Cup next week. The tournament takes place after theChristmas holiday, and is a "who's who" of Canadian players plying their trade in Europe during the NHL lockout.
Patrice Bergeron will once again don the Team Canada sweater after winning gold at both the World Junior and Olympic level, and Tyler Seguin will also be skating for his country among a star-studded group of forwards.
Seguin had this to say on Twitter while speaking glowingly of his invitation to the Spengler Cup team:
"Wearing number 92 for team Canada in the Spengler Cup over the holidays! Big honor can't wait to throw on that jersey alwaysaspecialfeeling"
The Spengler Cup will include six teams in a tournament from Dec. 26-31 playing in Davos, Switzerland at the Vaillant Arena, home of the HC Davos hockey club.
Seguin has been arguably the most impactful NHL player skating in Europe during the lockout and has 24 goals and 38 points in 27 games for HC Biel while Bergeron has 11 goals and 28 points in 19 games for HC Lugano.
The rest of Hockey Canada's roster includes: Cam Barker, Sam Gagner, Jason Spezza, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Ryan Smyth, Justin Williams, Devan Dubnyk, Carlo Colaiacovo and Jonathan Bernier.
"The players we have selected today are Canadian ambassadors for the game, both in North America and Europe, and we are excited they will wear the maple leaf in Davos," said Hockey Canada Vice-President Brad Pascall. "These players have a wealth of international experience throughout our program and everyone involved, from the players to our knowledgeable coaches and tremendous support staff, is looking forward to the Spengley Cup experience."
This year's Spengler Cup will include Canada's National Men's Team, Adler Mannheim (Germany) and HC Davos (Switzerland), the host team, playing in the Cattini Group, and HC Fribourg-Gotteron (Switzerland), HC Vitkovice Steel (Czech Republic) and Salavat Yulaev Ufa (Russia) playing in the Torriani Group. Interestingly enough Dennis Seidenberg, along with younger brother Yannic, will be playing for the Adler Mannheim team out of Germany in the tournament against Seguin and Bergeron.
The Spengler Cup has been held annually since 1923, and is the oldest professional international hockey tournament in the world.