After opening the tourney with two wins, Team Canada was knocked out of the Spengler Cup Wednesday by Dynamo Minsk, a team from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). It is the first time since 2004 the Maple Leafs will not be playing in the final.
With the Canadian team out of the competition, goalie Wade Dubielewicz will soon return to the team, paving the way for Barry Brust's return to the ECHL. Dubielewicz got the decision in each of the four games.
He relieved David LeNeveu (former Rampage goalie) in the first game and won in a shootout. He was excellent in the second game, but was pulled in the third match, their worst of the tournament. Wednesday, Dubielewicz allowed four goals, and local media reports fault the players in front of him.
Other former Aeros on Team Canada (coached by Craig McTavish) include:
Defensemen Travis Roche and Curtis Murphy
Forwards Jean-Guy Trudel and Brett McLean
Three of the players (Roche, Murphy and Trudel) were key components 2003 Calder Cup team, and McLean was part of the Aeros first AHL team that was ousted in the West Finals in 2002 by the Chicago Wolves.
Two other former Aeros also competed in the tournament. Petr Taticek is on the Davos Swiss Club and defenseman Sven Butenschon man the blueline for Adler-Manheim (Germany).
Here is a link to the tournament's home page.