Kilbride's Luke Adam has two assists for Americans
Canada scored a pair of third-period goals to defeat the Rochester Americans 6-3 Sunday and advance to the semifinals at the Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.
Canada will now play HC Genève-Servette in one semifinal today, while CSKA Moscow and HC Davos clash in the other semi.
The winners meet in Tuesday’s championship game.
Luke Adam of St. John’s had two assists for the Americans, an American Hockey League team which took part in the international tournament.
“It’s pretty neat to get an opportunity to play in something this prestigious,” Adam told TSN.
It’s not Adam’s first taste of international hockey. He was a member of Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatoon.
As for the Canadian team, there are a few St. John’s connections on the club.
Coach Doug Shedden coached the American Hockey League’s St. John’s Maple Leafs for two seasons, where one of his assistants was Russ Adam, Luke’s father.
Shedden is now coaching EV Zug of the Swiss Elite league. He guided Canada to the Spengler Cup title last season.
A member of Canada’s management staff in Davos is Craig Heisinger, the assistant GM of the Winnipeg Jets and general manager of the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps.
Three defencemen on the Canadian team played for St. John’s in the AHL, including Travis Ehrhardt, who made eight starts for the IceCaps this season before being recently released. Ehrhardt has hooked up with Norway’s Stavanger Oilers.
Joel Kwiatkowski and Brendan Bell are both former St. John’s Maple Leafs.
And Travis Roche is the son of Outer Cove native Steve Roche, and nephew of former Outer Cove hockey and softball players Don and Robert Roche.
Travis Roche, who was born in Grand Cache, Alta., was an All-American at the University of North Dakota, played seven years in the AHL while suiting up in 60 NHL games for the Minnesota Wild and Phoenix Coyotes, where he picked up six goals and 20 points.
Roche has toiled for Bern of the Swiss Elite league for the past six years.