Curtis Hamilton & Barons Alumni Highlight Reasons To Watch Spengler Cup 2014

The Spengler Cup is an odd bird. Played since 1923, and hosted by HC Davos, it is usually a mishmash of teams from across the globe. NCAA, AHL, KHL, national teams, and other hockey squads come together for a week in Switzerland for the historic tournament held annually in Davos, Switzerland. Played between Christmas and New Year’s, the 2014 version of the Spengler Cup is an interesting one if you’re a fan of the Oklahoma City Barons.

Included on this year’s Team Canada roster is Barons winger, Curtis Hamilton, who has played a mighty fine game in the months leading up to Christmas. He will suit up alongside other Barons alumni, Alexandre Giroux and Ryan Martindale. Other Barons alum playing in the Spengler include Teemu Hartikainen (swoon) who is now in his second season with HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa, and Linus Omark who is pinning away in Finland with Jokerit Helsinki.

In addition to hosts HC Davos, 5 additional teams make up the tournament field. Team Canada, HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL Medvescak Zagreb , Jokerit Helsinki, and Geneve-Servette HC.

The full team Canada Roster is below:

Goaltenders
Drew MacIntyre (Charlotte Checkers)
Nolan Schaefer (SC Bern)

Defenders
Micki Dupont (Kloten Flyers)
Marc-André Gragnani (SC Bern)
Joel Kwiatkowski (Fribourg-Gotteron)
Steve McCarthy (SCL Tigers)
Brendan Mikkelson (Toronto Marlies)
Jim Vandermeer (Kloten Flyers)
Derrick Walser (Rapperswil-Jona Lakers)

Forwards
Chris DiDomenico (SCL Tigers)
Colby Genoway (Lausanne HC)
Jeff Tambellini (Fribourg-Gotteron)
Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Fribourg-Gotteron)
Curtis Hamilton (Oklahaoma City Barons)
Alexandre Giroux (HC Ambrì-Piotta)
Stefano Giliati (Espoo Blues)
Byron Ritchie (SC Bern)
Bud Holloway (SC Bern)
Mike Hedden (Assat Pori)
Ryan Martindale (San Antonio Rampage)
Brett McLean (HC Lugano)
Ben Walter (EC Salzburg)
Chuck Kobasew (SC Bern)

The tournament kicks off on December 26th. The full schedule can be seen below: