It’s nearly Spengler Cup time again. Overshadowed each holiday season by the IIHF World Juniors, the Spengler does boast some high calibre hockey. The tournament, held each season in Davos, Switzerland, starts on December 26 and features six teams this season. Participating this year will be Canada, HC Davos, Kloten Flyers (Switzerland), Dinamo Riga (KHL), HC Vitkovice (Czech Republic) and EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (Germany).
Shawn Heins played in the Ontario Hockey League for two seasons, 1991-92 and 1992-93, with the Peterborough Petes and Windsor Spitfires. Heins has played a total of 125 NHL regular season games during his pro career with the San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Atlanta Thrashers. Shawn is currently the captain of Gotteron in Switzerland’s National League A.
Ryan Parent played four seasons with the Guelph Storm from 2003-04 to 2006-07. Parent was the 18th overall pick at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. Ryan has played in a total of 106 NHL regular season games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks. He has played the first half of the 2011-12 season with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Eric Beaudoin played three seasons with the Guelph Storm from 1997-98 to 1999-00. He was a fourth round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998, 92nd overall. He has played 53 NHL games, all with the Florida Panthers. Beaudoin is currently a member of Biel in Switzerland’s National League A.
Blaine Down played three seasons with the Barrie Colts from 1999-00 to 2001-02. Down’s current team in ZSC of Switzerland’s National League A.
Rico Fata played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1998-99. He played his first year with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the rest of the OHL career with the London Knights. Rico was the sixth overall pick at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, going to the Calgary Flames. Fata has appeared in 230 NHL regular season games with the Flames, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers and Washington Capitals. This season, Rico is a member of Geneve-Servette in Switzerland’s NLA.
Assistant coach Doug Shedden played in the OMJHL for three seasons from 1977-78 to 1979-80, appearing with the Hamilton Fincups, Kitchener Rangers and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Shedden is the coach of Zug in the NLA.