QUEBEC CITY -- Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon will be announced and introduced as a member of Team Canada here today.
As revealed in yesterday's Edmonton Sun, 18-year-old rookie Sam Gagner will also be announced today as being added to the roster of players who were previously announced.
Among the others to be added to the roster of previously introduced players today, Sun Media has learned, will be Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators and Brent Burns of the Minnesota Wild.
Garon will join Sherwood Park product Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes and Pascal LeClaire of the Columbus Blue Jackets as the national netminders for the first IIHF World Hockey Championships ever to be held in Canada.
Burns will join the three previously named defencemen, Edmonton native Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg native Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Hamilton native Steve Staios of the Edmonton Oilers on the national blue-line.
Team Canada players begin gathering here today for the first practice for the event which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the IIHF and the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. The team plays an exhibition game against Russia here Saturday and Finland Monday before moving to Halifax to begin tournament play.