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Machesney, Kemp loaned to Canada for Spengler Cup title defence

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Goaltender Daren Machesney of Hamilton and defenceman T.J. Kemp of Pickering, Ont., have been loaned by their NHL clubs to the Canadian team that will defend its title at the Spengler Cup, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

Both are currently playing in the AHL. Machesney, a fifth-round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2005, is playing for Hershey. Kemp, who signed as a free agent last summer with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is with Wilkes-Barre, his seventh AHL club in the last four years.

The rest of the 21-man squad that will play in the tournament from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31 in Davos, Switzerland, are Canadiens playing for European clubs, including 15 in the Swiss league.

Joining Canada in the tournament will be HC Davos, Dynamo Moscow, ERC Ingolstadt of Germany and Energie Karlovy Vary of the Czech Republic.

Six players are returning from last year's championship team - defencemen Ric Jackman of Swedish club Leksand and Shawn Heins of Fribourg in Switzerland, and forwards Domenic Pittis of HC Zurich, Kirby Law of Fribourg and Serge Aubin and J.P. Vigier of Geneva.

Defenceman Micki Dupont and forward Brad Isbister, both now playing for Swiss club Zug, have previous international experience suiting up for Canada at the world championships.

Also on the squad are goaltender Travis Scott of Klagenfurt in Austria, defencemen Dale Clarke of Espoo in Finland, Jay Harrison of Zug and Mario Scalzo of Salzburg in Austria, and Swiss-based forwards Hnat Domenichelli and Randy Robitaille of Lugano, Stacey Roest of Rapperswil, Jeff Toms and Martin Kariya of Langnau, Byron Ritchie of Geneva and Jean-Guy Trudel of Zurich.

Sean Simpson will coach the team with Russ Courtnall and Serge Pelletier serving as assistants.

Canada has won 11 times since it first entered the tournament in 1984. It has reached the final seven of the past eight years, winning in 2002, 2003 and 2007.

The Spengler Cup, which debuted in 1923, is the world's oldest pro hockey tournament.

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