Chris DiDomenico will play for Team Canada at this year’s Spengler Cup.
The 25-year old has been playing overseas for the past three years. This season, he has 19 goals and 24 assists in 27 games with Langnau of the National League B in Switzerland.
The Spengler Cup, an annual club team tournament that features a Canadian national team, begins on Boxing Day. Canada will play host HC Davos in their first game. The championship game will be held on New Year’s Eve.
DiDomenico spent two-and-a-half seasons with Saint John and became the team’s first major offensive star. He was traded to Drummondville during the 2008-09 trading period in what proved to be one of the most significant in team history.
In 203 career QMJHL games, the Woodbridge, Ont. Native registered 90 goals and 161 assists. He added 19 goals and 56 assists in 43 playoff games.
DiDomenico was a sixth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2007 NHL Draft. He later had his rights traded to the Chicago Blackhawks.
He spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons playing in the AHL and ECHL before moving to Italy to play.
This will be DiDomenico’s second time playing for Team Canada. In 2009, he helped Canada win gold at the world juniors in Ottawa.
In other international news, Blade Mann-Dixon and Canada East will play for bronze at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge tonight against Russia. After making 38 saves in a 4-2 win over Canada West on Wednesday, Mann-Dixion allowed seven goals on 47 shots in a 7-1 loss to the United States last night. The US will face Nikolaj Ehlers and Denmark for gold tomorrow.