Canada's Spengler Cup squad has junior flavour
Justin Pogge will spend a second straight Christmas attempting to win a gold medal for Canada.
The Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending prospect, who blanked Russia 5-0 in the world junior hockey final in Vancouver last year, is one of nine former Team Canada members who will compete at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.
Pogge sports a 5-9-0 record with a 3.27 goals-against average and .898 save percentage this season with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The eight other former world junior players slated to play in the Dec. 26-31 club tournament are goalie Devan Dubnyk (2006), defencemen Danny Syvret (2005), Jason Doig (1997) and Jay Harrison (2001, 2002) and forwards Jamie Wright (1996), Josh Holden (1998), Brandon Reid (2000, 2001) and Tyler Wright (1992, 1993).
"Experience counts at any international tournament and the Spengler Cup is no different," Canadian head coach Pat Quinn said in a statement. "Team Canada is made up of a lot of players who know what it takes to win on the international stage.
"I'm confident with this group that we'll be able to represent the country well over the holidays."
The team comprises European-based Canadian pros and AHL prospects.
Canada, which finished second at last year's event, opens play Dec. 26 against Mora IK (Sweden).
With files from the Canadian Press