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Curtis Joseph headlines roster of Canadian team for Spengler Cup

CALGARY - Curtis Joseph headlines a veteran Canadian roster unveiled Monday for the upcoming Spengler Cup.

The 40-year-old free-agent goaltender is the oldest of the 22 players on a team with an average age of 31.2. Joseph and 39-year-old goalie Wade Flaherty are at one extreme while defencemen Danny Syvret, 22, and Andre Benoit, 23, are at the other.

The roster is made up of Canadians currently playing in Europe along with NHL prospects loaned to Hockey Canada for the Dec. 26-31 competition in Davos, Switzerland.

Canada has reached the final in six of the last seven tournaments, winning the Spengler Cup in 2002 and 2003.

Head coach Sean Simpson plus assistants Doug Gilmour and Jim Koleff will have several other former NHLers at their disposal, including captain Serge Aubin, Travis Green, Yannick Tremblay, Ramzi Abid and Hnat Domenichelli.

"We are very excited about the players who we have assembled to represent Canada at the 2007 Spengler Cup," said Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada's executive vice-president of hockey. "As a staff, we feel these players give Canada the best chance at winning another Spengler Cup championship."

Joseph played for the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes during his 17 seasons in the NHL and is currently looking for work.

Joseph last played for Canada at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He also played for the national team at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1996 IIHF world championship.

Canada opens play Dec. 26 against HC Moeller Pardubice of the Czech Republic. They play host team HC Davos the next day followed by a meeting with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of Russia on Dec. 29.

Canada wraps up the round robin against German club Adler Mannheim the next day with the championship game set for Dec. 31.



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