CALGARY — Hockey Canada has named its 20-man roster for the 2017 Spengler Cup hockey tournament.

Canada will enter this year's event in Davos, Switzerland looking for its third title in a row, and Olympic general manager Sean Burke and head coach Willie Desjardins will get one last chance to evaluate players in competition before selecting the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games team.

Forwards Andrew Ebbett, David McIntyre, Mason Raymond and Nick Spaling and defenceman Maxim Noreau return from Canada's 2016 Spengler Cup winning team.

"The Spengler Cup allows us an opportunity to take another look at some players who've been part of earlier teams, as well as work with some new faces, just given how it aligns with other league schedules," said Burke, who noted that eight of the players selected come from either the NCAA or the American Hockey League.

Canada's rosters for its last two pre-Olympic tournaments have been heavy with players based in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko has said he is waiting to find out how many Russians will be banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics before deciding if he will allow his players to compete in South Korea.

Rosters are already thin after the NHL declined to release players for the 2018 Games.

Canada has won the Spengler Cup 14 times. It will begin its quest for a 15th title Dec. 26 against Czech club Mountfield HK.

Host club Davos, the Swiss national team, Latvia's Dinamo Riga and Finnish club HPK are the other teams in the tournament.

Team Canada - Spengler Cup Roster

Player POS SH HT WT Hometown Current Team
David McIntyre Forward L 6'0 194 Pefferlaw, Ont. EV Zug (NLA)
Mason Raymond Forward L 6'1 179 Cochrane, Alta. SC Bern (NLA)
Curtis Hamilton Forward L 6'2 212 Kelowna, B.C. SC Rapperswil-Jona
Jay McClement Forward L 6'1 205 Kingston, Ont. EHC Olten (NLB)
P-A. Parenteau Forward R 6'0 201 Boucherville, Que. Yekaterinburg (KHL)
Nick Spaling Forward L 6'1 198 Palmerston, Ont. Genève-Servette HC (NLA)
Jake Evans Forward R 6'0 185 Toronto, Ont. Notre Dame (Big 10)
Andrew Ebbett Forward L 5'9 176 Vernon, B.C. SC Bern (NLA)
Christian Thomas Forward R 5'9 174 Toronto, Ont. W-B/Scranton (AHL)
Matt D’Agostini Forward R 6'0" 198 S.S. Marie, Ont. HC Ambri-Piotta (NLA)
Dylan Sikura Forward L 5'11 159 Aurora, Ont. Northeastern (HE)
Brandon Hickey Defence L 6'2" 190 Leduc, Alta. Boston University (HE)
Jeff Schultz Defence L 6'6 225 Calgary, Alta. San Diego (AHL)
Cody Goloubef Defence R 6'1 200 Oakville, Ont. Stockton (AHL)
Maxim Noreau Defence R 6'0 198 Montreal, Que. SC Bern (NLA)
Jeremy Davies Defence L 5'11 181 Ste-A-d-Bellevue, Que. Northeastern (HE)
Victor Bartley Defence L 6'0 216 Maple Ridge, B.C. Örebro HK (SHL)
Kevin Poulin Goaltender L 6'2 205 Montreal, Que. Barys Astana (KHL)
Barry Brust Goaltender L 6'3 240 Swan River, Man. Fribourg-Gottéron (NLA)