Team Canada General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the first group of players that will represent Canada at the 2003 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship, taking place from April 26 to May 11, 2003 in Finland. Rangers winger Anson Carter was one of those players selected to participate.
Tambellini, along with Team Canada Assistant GM Don Maloney (New York Rangers) and Director, Player Personnel Jim Nill (Detroit Red Wings) have named ten National Hockey League players in their first group of player announcements.
The ten players include two goaltenders, one defenseman and seven forwards:
- Sean Burke (Windsor, Ontario) - Phoenix Coyotes, goaltender - Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Quebec) - Florida Panthers, goaltender - Jay Bouwmeester (Edmonton, Alberta) - Florida Panthers, defense - Daniel Briere (Gatineau, Quebec) - Buffalo Sabres, forward - Kyle Calder (Mannville, Alberta) - Chicago Blackhawks, forward - Anson Carter (Toronto, Ontario) - New York Rangers, forward - Shane Doan (Halkirk, Alberta) - Phoenix Coyotes, forward - Chris Gratton (Brantford, Ontario) - Phoenix Coyotes, forward - Dany Heatley (Calgary, Alberta) - Atlanta Thrashers, forward - Patrick Marleau (Aneroid, Saskatchewan) - San Jose Sharks, forward
Additional players will be announced within the next few days and after the first round of the NHL Playoffs
"We are very excited with the quality of the first group of players named today that will represent Team Canada at the World Championship," said Tambellini. "The positive responses that we have been receiving from players and NHL General Managers have been tremendous. We will continue to name players to our roster throughout this week and after the first round of the NHL playoffs."
Carter has twice won gold medals for Canada - at the 1994 World Junior Championship and the 1997 World Championship.