Thursday, April 20, 2006

Team Canada Marc Denis of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Team Canada is taking shape for the 2006 World Championship in Latvia.
Coach Marc Habscheid's team has already confirmed participation of two goaltenders and five skaters, with more confirmations expected imminently.
The players who have accepted invitations to play on Team Canada, which opens the World Championship tournament in Riga on May 5, are as follows:
Goaltenders Alex Auld of the Vancouver Canucks and Marc Denis of the Columbus Blue Jackets; Forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Boyes of the Boston Bruins, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kyle Calder of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mike Comrie of the Phoenix Coyotes.
While no defencemen have "confirmed" status, Boston's Brad Stuart and Minnesota's Nick Schultz are in the process of finalizing commitments and are expected to be on the team.
Columbus forward Rick Nash and Florida defenceman Jay Bouwmeester have been invited to play and have indicated they are interested, but both are seeing their respective team doctors to assess some injury situations and decide whether it's in their best interests to play at the World Championship.

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