A goal by Canadian Daniel Winnik off a rebound from a breakaway by teammate Torrey Mitchell 2002 netted Team Canada its only goal in Europe’s Spengler Cup on December 31.
The Spengler Cup, purportedly the oldest hockey tournament in the world, has been won by Canada 16 times since it was founded in 1923, including the past three years. But this was not Canada’s year, as the opposing team, Finland’s KalPa Kuopio, came back to tie the game and win in the shootout.
For this tournament, which takes place over the Christmas holidays, Canada fields a squad made up of Canadians who are playing for various European teams.
Since July of 2018, Torrey has been playing with the Lausanne HC in Switzerland, where he has scored six goals in 20 games.
“He’s been averaging 18 minutes on ice per game,” says his dad, retired Selwyn House Director of Athletics Steve Mitchell, “but they don’t play four times a week like you do in the NHL.”
“He’d like to play more, but that’s how it goes.”
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