Two former Cowichan Valley Capitals have been called on by Hockey Canada to represent their country at the Deutschland Cup tournament in Germany next month.
Duncan’s own Matt Ellison will be joined by Geoff Kinrade for the tournament, which is preceded by a training camp in Hungary that starts on Monday.
Both Ellison and Kinrade currently play in the Kontinental Hockey League, Ellison for Dinamo Minsk in Belarus, and Kinrade for Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk in Russia.
Ellison played for the Caps from 1999 to 2002, finishing up with a 117-point season before moving to the Western Hockey League, then the National Hockey League, where he played 43 games.
He has played in the KHL since 2008, becoming the highest-scoring Canadian in league history.
Ellison made his debut with the Canadian national team at the 2015 Spengler Cup, where he helped Canada take the gold medal.
Born in Nelson, Kinrade played for the Caps between 2003 and 2005, then spent four years at Michigan Tech before playing one game with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009. He has played in the KHL since 2014. Kinrade played for Canada in the 2012 and 2013 Spengler Cups, winning gold in 2012.