Boston Bruins stars Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin have been selected to compete for Team Canada at the annual Spengler Cup held in Davos, Switzerland. The NHL lockout will allow Team Canada to select a number of NHL stars who are usually unavailable for the event.
The complete Team Canada roster can be found here, courtesy of hockeycanada.ca.
Bergeron and Seguin will be joined by fellow stars John Tavares, Jason Spezza and Matt Duchene. Like Seguin and Bergeron, the three have spent the lockout playing in Switzerland's National League A.
The two Bruins forwards have found overwhelming success in Switzerland, each averaging more than a point per game. Playing alongside Patrick Kane for EHC Biel, Seguin currently leads the Swiss National League A and all locked out NHL players in goals with 24. Bergeron, meanwhile, has managed his own offensive explosion with 28 points in 20 games for HC Lugano.
It will be the first time that the 20-year-old Seguin has represented his country. The 2011 second overall pick will make a strong case to join Team Canada at the Olympic Games in 2014 if his development continues at its current rate. Seguin led the Bruins in goals and points in his second NHL season and is bound to become an even more prolific scorer in the future.
Bergeron, on the other hand, has donned the Canada sweater for four major tournaments. After his rookie season in Boston, Bergeron won gold at the 2004 World Championships.
The following year, a 19-year-old Bergeron led a Canadian dream team to gold at the World Junior Championships. Like this year's World Junior tournament, the 2005 edition was flooded with locked out NHL stars, including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin. Despite the abundance of talent, Bergeron was named tournament MVP as the competition's top scorer with 13 points in six games.
The 2012 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner was also a member of 2010 Olympic Team that won gold in Vancouver.
The Spengler Cup is a unique event for Team Canada as it pits them against elite European club teams. This year's competition features team's from Switzerland, Germany, Russia and the Czech Republic. Team Canada has won the tournament 11 times and will be the favorites to claim the title this year.
They will begin the tournament against Germany's Adler Mannheim on Dec. 26. Mannheim will be led by Boston Bruins defender Dennis Seidenberg. The German-born Seidenberg has played 24 games for Mannheim since the lockout began and has put together an excellent campaign, with 16 points and a plus-13 rating.
Canada's other group opponent will be the tournament hosts, Switzerland's HC Davos. Davos's NHL lockout contingent includes Rick Nash, Petr Sykora and former Bruin Joe Thornton.
The six-day tournament, which begins on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), will conclude with the hoisting of the Spengler Cup on New Year's Eve.