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Ellis joins Canada

Ellis joins Canada

Predator to bolster defending champs’ defence

Published 15.05.2016 00:08 GMT+3 | Author Martin Merk
Ellis joins Canada
Canada's Ryan Ellis #4 controls the puck with pressure from France's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare #41 at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Photo: Richard Wolowicz / HHOF-IIHF Images
Hockey Canada announced that Ryan Ellis (Nashville Predators) is being added to Canada’s National Men’s Team following Saturday’s 5-0 win over Slovakia.

“We had the opportunity to add one more experienced, puck-moving defenceman,” said co-general manager George McPhee of Ellis’ addition to the roster. “Ryan is very familiar with these players and has had a lot of success with them internationally; he will be a great fit with this group.”

Ellis has a history of winning gold for his country including the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship and IIHF World Junior Championship gold in 2008 and 2009, respectively. He went on to wear the Maple Leaf at World Juniors in 2010 and 2011, bringing home silver at both competitions.

The 25-year-old will play his second World Championship with the men’s team after 2014. He has been a permanent fixture on the Predators’ roster since the 2013/2014 season.

After adding Ellis, Canada will still have roster spots open for one additional skater and one more goaltender.


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