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Josh Godfrey named to Canadian Super Series team

By David Helwig
SooToday.com
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

NEWS RELEASE

HOCKEY CANADA

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Hockey Canada names roster for Canada/Russia Super Series

CALGARY – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Wednesday its roster of 26 junior-aged players (born in 1988 or later) that will represent Canada at the Canada/Russia Super Series.

The Canada/Russia Super Series, a one-time eight-game series featuring the best Under-20 players from Canada and Russia, will take place from August 27 to September 9, with the first four games to be held in Russia, and the final four to be held in Canadian cities (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer and Vancouver).

Canada’s 26-player roster will gather in Toronto on August 20th before traveling to Russia for the first four games which begin on August 27th, and then returning to their club teams and/or NHL training camps upon conclusion of the final game of the series on September 9.

The Canada/Russia Super Series will also serve to evaluate and develop Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.

With the advent of the Canada/Russia Super Series, Hockey Canada will not host the annual National Junior Team summer development camp this year (the summer camp usually runs in Calgary in early August);

Canada’s 26 player roster consists of three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 15 forwards.

The 26 players named to the roster were selected by Hockey Canada’s head scout Jim Hammett, in consultation with Canada’s Super Series coaching staff led by Head Coach Brent Sutter and Canada’s 2008 National Junior Team coaching staff led by Head Coach Craig Hartsburg.

Hammett followed and evaluated Canadian players over the 2006-07 season with their club teams, Canada’s National Junior and National Under-18 teams as well as at the CHL Canada/Russia Challenge.

Brent Sutter (Red Deer, WHL) will coach Canada at the Canada/Russia Super Series, with the first game of the eight-game series starting in Russia on August 27 and finishing with the eighth and final game in Canada on September 9.

Peter DeBoer (Kitchener, OHL) and Benoit Groulx (Gatineau, QMJHL) will join Sutter behind the Canadian bench as assistant coaches.

Craig Hartsburg (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), the head coach of Canada’s 2008 National Junior Team this December, will be actively involved in the preparation and evaluation of Canada’s team for the Super Series, working closely with Sutter and his staff, along with head scout Jim Hammett.

“I am very excited about the group of players that we have assembled for the upcoming Super Series,” said Head Scout Jim Hammett. “This evaluation and selection process made it clear to me that Hockey Canada’s branches and Hockey Canada’s partner, the CHL, continue to do tremendous work in developing hockey talent across Canada.”

“As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to getting this group together in August and representing Canada proudly at this event,” said Team Canada Super Series Head Coach Brent Sutter. “These players will be taking part in hockey history this fall in this very unique international hockey event.”

Canada at the Super Series – Overview

• All players and staff will convene in Toronto, ON on August 20thand the Super Series will come to an end the evening of September 9.

• Team Canada will be departing for Russia on August 21.

• Canada will hold a pre-competition camp in Moscow from August 22 to 26.

• Games #1 and #2 vs. Russia will take place in Ufa, Russia on August 27 and 29.

• Games #3 and #4 vs. Russia will take place in Omsk, Russia on August 31 and September 1.

• Team Canada will return to Canada on September 2nd for Games no. 5 through 8.

• Game #5: Canada vs. Russia in Winnipeg, MB on September 4th

• Game #6: Canada vs. Russia in Saskatoon, SK on September 5

• Game #7: Canada vs. Russia in Red Deer, AB on September 7

• Game #8: Canada vs. Russia in Vancouver, BC on September 9

• Players and staff will be returning to their club teams and/or report to NHL training camps on September 10.

• Ticket information for all four Canadian games will be announced prior to July 15.

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Super Series Roster

GOALTENDERS

Jonathan Bernier
Laval, QC, CAN
Lewiston Maineiacs/QMJHL

Leland Irving
Swan Hills, AB, CAN
Everett Silvertips/WHL

Steve Mason
Oakville, ON, CAN
London Knights/OHL

DEFENCE

Karl Alzner
Burnaby, BC, CAN
Calgary Hitmen/WHL

Drew Doughty
London, ON, CAN
Guelph Storm/OHL

Keaton Ellerby
Calgary, AB, CAN
Kamloops Blazers/WHL

Josh Godfrey
Kingston, ON, CAN
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds/OHL

Thomas Hickey
Calgary, AB, CAN
Seattle Thunderbirds/WHL

Logan Pyett
Milestone, SK, CAN
Regina Pats/WHL

Luke Schenn
Saskatoon, SK
Kelowna Rockets/WHL

Ty Wishart
Comox, BC, CAN
Prince George Cougars/WHL

FORWARDS

Zachary Boychuk
Airdrie, AB, CAN
Lethbridge Hurricanes/WHL

Cory Emmerton
St. Thomas, ON, CAN
Kingston Frontenacs/OHL

Angelo Esposito
Montreal, QC, CAN
Quebec Remparts/QMJHL

Sam Gagner
Oakville, ON, CAN
London Knights/OHL

Colton Gillies
Surrey, BC, CAN
Saskatoon Blades/WHL

Claude Giroux
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Gatineau Olympiques/QMJHL

Zach Hamill
Port Coquitlam, BC, CAN
Everett Silvertips/WHL

Stefan Legein
Oakville, ON, CAN
Mississauga Ice Dogs/OHL

Milan Lucic
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Vancouver Giants/WHL

Brad Marchand
Hammonds Plains, NS, CAN
Foreurs de Val d'Or/QMJHL

David Perron
Sherbrooke, QC, CAN
Lewiston Maineiacs/QMJHL

Brandon Sutter
Red Deer, AB, CAN
Red Deer Rebels/WHL

John Tavares
Oakville, ON, CAN
Oshawa Generals/OHL

Kyle Turris
New Westminster, BC, CAN
Burnaby Express/BCHL

Dana Tyrell
Airdrie, AB, CAN
Prince George Cougars/WHL

COACHES

Brent Sutter, Head Coach
Red Deer, AB, CAN
Red Deer Rebels

Benoit Groulx, Assistant Coach
Hull, QC, CAN
Gatineau Olympiques

Peter DeBoer, Assistant Coach
Waterloo, ON, CAN
Kitchener Rangers

STAFF

Bob Nicholson, President
Penticton, BC

Johnny Misley, Vice president, Hockey
Vancouver, BC

Brad Pascall, Sr. Director, Men`s National Teams Coquitlam, BC

Scott Salmond, Dir., Men’s National Team
Creston, BC

Jim Hammett, Head Scout
Kelowna, BC

Jamie Pringle, Video Coordinator
Picton, ON

Corey Hirsch, Goaltending Consultant
Medicine Hat, AB

Robin McDonald, Equipment manager
Didsbury, AB

André Brin, Media Relations
Winnipeg, MB

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