Group picture of Team Canada after winning gold. (courtsy of Chris Larson).
AUS Players make-up Team Canada and win GoldThe 2007 bi-annual World University Winter Games, also called 'Winter Universiade', was held in the surrounding communities of the city of Torino, Italy. The games ran 10 days from January 18th to 27th, 2007. The hockey competitions would be comprised of two groups with winners advancing to the medal rounds. There were two arenas in use, the Tazoli Ice Stadium (Palasport Tazzoli - cap. 2290) and the Torre Pellice Ice Stadium (Palaghiaccio olimpico di Torre Pellice Giorgio Cotta Morandini - cap. 2370).
The medal rounds were originaly to be played at Palasport Olimpico, host rink of the XX Winter Oplympics, in 2006, but were reloated to the Torre Pellice Ice Stadium instead. As such, Team Canada remained in the same rink for the entire tournament.
This event is organized by FISU (The International Federation of University Sport), but each event follows the rules and officiating of their respecitive international bodies - in this case the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) for hockey.
In 2003 (Tarvisio, Italy), Team Canada (Canada West All-Stars) were 3rd while in 2005 (Innsbruck, Austria) Team Canada (OUA All-Stars) finished 5th.
Canada's Gold Medal was their first since 1991.
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Team Canada Schedule
Date Time Opponent ============ ====== =========================================== Thu. Jan. 19 2:30pm USA W 5-0 Fri. Jan. 19 day off Sat. Jan. 20 day off Sun. Jan. 21 8:30pm Korea W 14-0 Mon. Jan. 22 8:30pm Slovakia W 8-0 Tue. Jan. 23 day off Wed. Jan. 24 8:30pm Russia W 2-2 - end of preliminary round - Thu. Jan. 25 1:30pm A5 vs B5 - 9th - Japan vs Korea Japan 5-2 4:30pm A4 vs B4 - 7th - CZE vs USA CZE 3-0 7:30pm A3 vs B3 - 5th - Itlay vs Slovakia Slovakia 2-1 SO Fri. Jan. 26 4:00pm A1 vs B2 - Semi-finals - Ukraine vs SVK Slovakia 5-4 8:30pm B1 vs A2 - Semi-finals - Canada vs FIN Canada 2-1 Sat. Jan. 27 2:00pm BRONZE - KAZ vs Russia Russia 4-3 6:00pm GOLD - Canada vs Russia Canada 3-1
TeamThe WUG/FISU guidelines state that each team can have a maximum of 22 players (usually broken down as 4 complete lines and 2 goalies). The entire team will be comprised of AUS players. There will be at least one representative from each AUS Team (8 players) leaving a maximum of 14 'open' spots. No team shall provide more then 4 players.
The Team Canada entry comprised of 21 players = 2 goaltenders, 8 defencemen and 11 forwards.
Position # Player University ======== == ================ ================================== GOAL 1 Paul Drew U. of Prince Edward Island (Panthers) 30 Aaron Molnar St. Thomas University (Tommies) DEFENCE 25 Pierre André Bureau U. de Moncton (Les Aigles Blue) 33 Anthony Butera St. Thomas U. (Tommies) 14 Dustin Friesen U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 4 Scott Hotham Saint Mary's U. (Huskies) 15 Louis Mandeville 'A' U. de Moncton (Les Aigles Blue) 2 Brandon Roach Acadia U. (Axemen) 7 Sam Roberts St. Francis Xavier U. (X-Men) 17 Ian Turner St. Thomas U. (Tommies) FORWARD 16 Brandon Benedict 'C' Acadia U. (Axemen) 34 Darryl Boyce U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 20 Karl Fournier U. de Moncton (Les Aigles Blue) 11 Rob Hennigar U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 6 Pierre Luc Laprise U. de Moncton (Les Aigles Blue) 32 Stuart MacRae St. Francis Xavier U. (X-Men) 21 Kyle McAllister St. Thomas U. (Tommies) 8 Marc Rancourt Saint Mary's U. (Huskies) 28 Dan Rudisuela 'A' Saint Mary's U. (Huskies) 10 Colin Sinclair 'C' U. of New Brunswick (Varsity Reds) 9 Tom Zanoski Dalhousie U. (Tigers) EXTRA 31 John Ceci (G) Acadia University (Axemen)
Coaching & Support StaffTeam Canada also had 3 coaches, 2 equipment staff, one therapist and one General Manager
Team Canada also supplied one Referee - Ghislain Hebert (Hockey NB) and
General ManagerThe general manager for Team Canada was Chris Larson from Halifax.
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