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The Toronto Maple Leafs Spengler Cup team

It’s the 90th anniversary of the invitational tournament, but they forgot to invite one very important team.

Carlo Colaiacovo skates across the ice
He’s leaning on the stick because one of his tendons just tore in half
Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images

The Spengler Cup is an invitational tournament hosted by the Swiss league’s HC Davos every year from December 26th to December 31st. This year is the 90th edition of the tournament, and you can ready a history of the Spengler Cup here.

The teams that have been invited this year are:

Mountfield HK - Czech Extraliga
HK Dinamo Minsk - KHL
Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg - KHL
HC Lugano - NLA (Switzerland)
Team Canada

The Team Canada that plays in the Spengler Cup is usually made up of Canadians playing in Europe, or NHLers who do not have current deals. Last years team featured Matthew Lombardi, Derek Roy, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Keith Aulie and current Marlie Jeff Glass among others.

A thought that was shared on twitter by @YakovMironov was what if we made an all Leafs Spengler Cup team? Yakov was intimidated by the work needed to assemble such a fine group of Leafs not good enough for the NHL anymore, so it was up to me to create the team. I did have to add some ex-Marlies to pad things out, so not all names may have graced the ACC with their presence, and also move back one forward.

My ex-Maple Leafs Spengler Cup Team, invited to celebrate the Leafs Centennial Season


Alexei Ponikarovsky - Marc Arcobello - Jiri Tlustly
Carter Ashton - David Steckel - Tim Stapleton
Joakim Lindstrom - Mike Santorelli - David Booth
Jerry D’Amigo - Nick Spaling - Fabrice Herzog
Extras: Brad Ross, Jeremy Williams


Carlo Colaiacovo - Jesse Blacker
Karel Pilar - Ric Jackman
Dylan Yeo - Zach Yeun
Extra: Darryl Boyce


Ben Scrivens
Mikeal Tellqvist
Justin Pogge

Well, it’s a team.

Below you can find all of the players I found while combing over the European league rosters. Is there anyone you would have put in? Anyone you know I missed? Build your own team in the comments, and see if yours could win a game.

Name Position Team League Leaf/Marlie
Name Position Team League Leaf/Marlie
Alexei Ponikarovsky W Kunlun Red Star KHL (Russia) 2000-2010
Ben Scrivens G Dinamo Minsk KHL (Russia) 2010-2013
Brad Ross W Iserlohn Roosters DEL (Germany) 2012-2015
Brandon Prust W Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL (Germany) 2016
Carlo Colaiacovo D Adler Mannheim DEL (Germany) 2003-2009
Carter Ashton W Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL (Russia) 2012-2015
Darryl Boyce C ERC Ingolstadt DEL (Germany) 2007-2012
David Booth W Avangard Omsk KHL (Russia) 2014-2015
David Steckel C Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL (Germany) 2011-2013
Drew MacIntyre G Medvescak Zagreb KHL (Russia) 2013-2014
Dylan Yeo D Straubing Tigers DEL (Germany) 2012-2014
Fabian Brunnstrom W Rungsted Seier Capital Metal Ligaen (Denmark) 2011
Fabrice Herzog W ZSC Lions NLA (Switzerland) 2014
Jamie Lundmark C Klagenfurter AC EBEL (Austria) 2010
Jay Rosehill W Braehead Clan EIHL (Great Britain) 2009-2012
Jeremy Williams W Straubing Tigers DEL (Germany) 2004-2009
Jerry d'Amigo W Ilves Liiga (Finland) 2010-2014
Jesse Blacker D Nürnberg Ice Tigers DEL (Germany) 2011-2014
Jiri Tlustly W Kärpät Liiga (Finland) 2006-2009
Joakim Lindstrom W Skellefteå AIK SHL (Sweden) 2015
Justin Pogge G HC Slovan Bratislava KHL (Russia) 2006-2009
Karel Pilar D HC Litvinov Tipsport Extraliga (Czech) 2001-2006
Keith Aucoin C EHC München DEL (Germany) 2012-2013
Marcel Muller C Krefeld Pinguine DEL (Germany) 2010-2012
Mark Arcobello C SC Bern NLA (Switzerland) 2015-2016
Martin Gerber G EHC Kloten NLA (Switzerland) 2009
Mikael Tellqvist G Djurgardens IF SHL (Sweden) 2001-2007
Mike Santorelli C Genève-Servette HC NLA (Switzerland) 2014-2015
Nick Spaling C Genève-Servette HC NLA (Switzerland) 2015-2016
Ric Jackman D Fife Flyers EIHL (Great Britain) 2002-2004
Robbie Earl C EHC Biel-Bienne NLA (Switzerland) 2006-2009
Tim Stapleton W Spartak Moskva KHL (Russia) 2008-2009
Will Acton C Schwenninger Wild Wings DEL (Germany) 2011-2013
Zach Yeun D Kunlun Red Star KHL (Russia) 2013-2014