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Canada sets Spengler Cup squad

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Former NHL forward Serge Aubin will serve as captain for the 24-man Canadian squad that will compete in the 2010 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, from Dec. 26-31.

The roster is mainly comprised of Canadian-born players currently playing in Europe, though Jeff Deslauriers, who played in the NHL with Edmonton last season, is currently with the Oilers' AHL farm team in Oklahoma City.

Mark Messier will coach the team, with Doug Shedden and Bill Moores serving as his assistants.

"The players we have selected today are Canadian ambassadors for the game in Europe, and we are thrilled they have committed to wear the maple leaf and try to bring home another Spengler Cup championship for Canada," said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada's executive vice-president of hockey operations/national teams.

Other notables include forward Glen Metropolit, who scored 16 goals for Montreal last season, former NHL forward Mark Bell and longtime Buffalo Sabres forward Curtis Brown. All three are playing in Switzerland this season.

This year's Spengler Cup will include Canada's National Men's Team, Genève Servette (Switzerland), SKA St. Petersburg (Russia), Sparta Prague (Czech Republic), Spartak Moscow (Russia) and HC Davos (Switzerland), the host team. The Spengler Cup, held annually since 1923, is the oldest professional international hockey tournament in the world.
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