Pogge back in red and white
He may have graduated from the junior ranks, but Justin Pogge will be back wearing the Maple Leaf for Team Canada over the Christmas break — this time at the Spengler Cup.
This year, Pat Quinn is the team's coach at the tournament, an even that is always a bit of an oddity and doesn't get much press coverage in North America. The games are generally on TV in Canada, however, and if you're looking for a break from world junior and NHL hockey, I recommend tuning in — if only to see the crazed Swiss crowd cheer on their teams.
Team Canada begins play on Boxing Day morning against Mora IK, then takes on the hometown Davos club on Dec. 27. The championship game will be played on the afternoon of Dec. 31.
Other than Pogge, other Canadian players of note include Edmonton Oilers prospects Devan Dubnyk and Danny Syvret, former N.Y. Rangers defenceman Jason Strudwick, and other NHL castoffs such as Stacy Roest, Tyler Wright, Krys Kolanos, Brandon Reid and Josh Holden.