The Spengler Cup is underway in Davos, Switzerland and Canada poised for success, as usual. On this year’s roster, there are five Ontario Hockey League grads on the ice. For the fifth straight year, another OHL alumnus is behind the bench. Canada is attempting to defend their 2012 Spengler championship and win their fifth since 2002.
Bell played four years in the OHL from 1999-00 to 2002-03, all with the Ottawa 67’s. Brendan played internationally for Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships and at the 2010 Spengler Cup. Bell brings 102 regular season games of National Hockey League experience to the table, playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers. This year, Brendan is played for Biel in Switzerland’s National League A.
Beaudoin played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1997-98 to 1999-00, all with the Guelph Storm. His NHL resume includes 53 regular season games, all with the Florida Panthers. Eric has been in Europe since 2005-06, playing in the U.K.’s EIHL, Finland’s Liiga, Sweden’s SHL, Switzerland’s NLA and Germany’s DEL.
2013 is Beaudoin’s third Spengler tournament. He played with Mora, his club team in Sweden, in 2006 and for Canada in 2011. His 2013-14 season started in the DEL with Straubing Tigers but Eric is now with Biel in the NLA.
Ahren Spylo (Nittel)
Spylo played three years in the OHL from 2000-01 to 2002-03 with the Windsor Spitfires and Oshawa Generals. Ahren has been in Europe since 2006-07, playing in the NLA, DEL and KHL. He has been with Biel since 2010-11 and is competing in his second Spengler after playing for the host HC Davos in 2006.
Williams played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-97 to 1999-00, all with the Peterborough Petes. Jason amassed 455 regular season games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins.
2013-14 is Jason’s second year in the NLA with Ambri-Piotta. This is the second year at the Spengler for Williams after playing on the 2012 NHL lockout enabled ‘dream team’.
Stewart played four years in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the Kingston Frontenacs. This is Anthony’s first year at the Spengler but he has played internationally for Canada before. Stewart was a member of the 2004 and 2005 teams at the World Juniors.
After appearing in 262 regular season NHL games with the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes, Anthony has settled into the Euro hockey world. He started the 2013-14 season in the KHL with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg but has recently signed with Gotteron in the NLA.
Doug Shedden – Head Coach
Shedden played four years in the OHL from 1977-78 to 1980-81 with the Kitchener Rangers, Hamilton Fincups and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He went on to play 416 regular season games in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs.
This is Doug’s fifth Spengler behind the bench. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Shedden was assistant coach. 2013 is his second year as head coach. On the international level, Doug has coached at the IIHF World Championships twice. In 2008, he was the head coach for Finland. In 2013, he was the assistant coach for Canada.