NHL Lockout: Canada's Spengler Cup Roster Features Locked-out Stars

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2012

Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins
Tyler Seguin of the Boston BruinsChristian Petersen/Getty Images

The Spengler Cup usually doesn't include any top stars because the tournament takes place during the NHL season ever year, but the lockout will give some of the top Canadian players the rare opportunity to experience this prestigious event.

According to Hockey Canada, some of the NHL's top stars will represent Team Canada as it attempts to win the 12th Spengler Cup title in the nation's history, and the first since 2007.

Player Position NHL Team
Tyler Seguin C Boston Bruins
Jason Spezza C Ottawa Senators
Matt Duchene C Colorado Avalanche
John Tavares C New York Islanders
Sam Gagner C Edmonton Oilers
Patrice Bergeron C Boston Bruins

The tournament will begin on Christmas and will conclude on January 1, and as always, it will be held in Davos, Switzerland (home of HC Davos).

Davos are the defending champions of the tournament following their victory over Latvian club Dinamo Riga in last year's final.

Since there were so many NHL players who went to Switzerland during the lockout to play professional hockey, it's no surprise that so many stars are willing to go back to participate in this tournament.

Tavares has played at HC Davos during the lockout, while Spezza, Seguin and Bergeron also played in Switzerland's National A League.

For hockey fans who want to watch this exciting Spengler Cup tournament during the holidays, check out TSN in Canada.

With the Spengler Cup and World Junior Championships both starting this week, hockey fans will have a few different places to watch NHL talent over the next two weeks, which is a bit better than trying to find games involving overseas teams to watch at night.

We have now reached day 100 of the lockout, and even though the time off is nice, it's hard to imagine any players being satisfied with the way the process has gone thus far.

Hopefully the NHL owners and players can reach a new collective bargaining soon because February, March, April, May and June will be very boring without any NHL action.