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Denis, Team Canada Defeated by Belarus, 4-3 In Exhibition

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
MINSK, BELARUS – Canada concluded a four-day pre-World Championship training camp in Belarus on Tuesday night, with a 4-3 loss to Belarus’ National Men’s Team in front of a sold out Minsk Arena.

Patrice Bergeron (Ancienne-Lorette, QC Boston, NHL), Kyle Calder (Mannville, AB Chicago, NHL) and Derrick Walser (New Glasglow, NS Berlin, DEL) scored for Canada while Andrei Skabelka, Dmitry Dudik, Oleg Antonenko and Mikhail Grabovski replied for Belarus. Canada’s three goaltenders each played a period, with Marc Denis playing the first, Alex Auld the second and National Junior Team goaltender Justin Pogge the third period.

Canada’s roster for this game in Minsk consisted of nine NHL players (seven skaters, two goaltenders) already named to the World Championship roster, four Canadians who played in Europe this season and five members of Canada’s 2006 gold medal winning National Junior Team. The National Junior Team players will be returning to Canada on Wednesday, May 3.

The 2006 IIHF Men’s World Championship will take place in Riga, Latvia from May 5-21, 2006.

Team Canada General Manager Ken Holland and Assistant General Manager Mike Barnett also announced on Tuesday that three NHL players will be joining the team in Latvia in time for Canada’s first game against Denmark on May 5. The three NHL players are defencemen Dan Hamhuis (Smithers, BC/Nashville), Stephane Robidas (Sherbrooke, QC/Dallas) and forward Scott Hartnell (Lloydminster, AB/Nashville). These players will be joining the team prior to Canada’s first game at the World Championship, on May 5 vs. Denmark.

Over the coming days, with the first round of the NHL playoffs coming to an end, Holland, along with Assistant General Manager Mike Barnett (Calgary, AB/ Phoenix Coyotes), Head Coach Marc Habscheid (Swift Current, SK/ Hockey Canada) and assistant coaches Claude Julien (Blind River, ON/ Hockey Canada) and Trent Yawney (Hudson Bay, SK/ Chicago Blackhawks) will be naming additional NHL players to complete Canada’s 25 player roster for the World Championship.

Canada’s World Championship Team travels to Riga on Wednesday, May 3. Canada’s World Championship Team will open the 2006 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Riga, Latvia on May 5 versus Denmark. Canada will play in the preliminary round in a group that includes Denmark, Norway and the USA.

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