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Capitals Prospect Daren Machesney to Represent Canada at Spengler Cup

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals goaltending prospect Daren Machesney, who currently plays for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, has been selected to represent Canada in the 2008 Spengler Cup, Hockey Canada announced today. Machesney will participate in the tournament Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland.

Machesney, 22, is a third-year pro who was Washington’s fifth-round choice, 143rd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He is 9-4-0 with Hershey this season, posting three shutouts, a 2.85 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage. Last year, in his first full season with Hershey, Machesney went 22-10-2 with a 2.55 GAA and a .916 save percentage.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, and a former member of the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League, Machesney stands 6’1” and 185 pounds. He will join a 21-man roster made up of Canadian-born players currently playing in Europe and NHL prospects like himself loaned to Hockey Canada from NHL teams.

The Spengler Cup, held annually since 1923, is the oldest professional international hockey tournament in the world and features five teams: Canada, Moscow Dynamo (Russia), Energie Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), ERC Ingolstadt (Germany) and HC Davos (Switzerland).
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