By Dan Colleran – University of Norte Dame
University of Notre Dame hockey senior forward and NCAA points leader Jake Evans has been named to Team Canada’s roster for the prestigious Spengler Cup, which will take place from Dec. 26-31, 2017, in Davos, Switzerland.
The Spengler Cup, which is widely considered the oldest invitational hockey tournament in the world, dates back to 1923. This year will mark the 91st edition of the tournament and in addition to Team Canada, the six-team field will include host HC Davos, HPK Hämeenlinna (Finland), Mountfield HK (Czech Republic), Dinamo Riga (KHL) and the Swiss national team.
Evans’ inclusion for Team Canada places the Irish captain on a roster that Canadian officials will use as an evaluation tool for the upcoming XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea (Feb. 9-25, 2018).
Evans leads the NCAA with 28 points on seven goals and an NCAA-best 21 assists. He has led Notre Dame to 13 consecutive wins to close out the first semester as well as the No. 3 ranking in both national polls.
The Toronto native, who has played 111 consecutive games, also leads the country in faceoffs won (277), even strength points (21) and is tied for the NCAA lead in games with at least three points (5). He was named the Big Ten’s Second Star on Oct. 10 and also earned Third Star honors on Oct. 31.
With a pair of third-period assists against Denver (Oct. 14), Evans became the 52nd player in program history to hit the 100-career points plateau. He now has 120 career points on 35 goals and 85 assists.