Geoff Kinrade (right) with team captain Ryan Smyth after the Spengler Cup victory last week in Davos.

Geoff Kinrade (right) with team captain Ryan Smyth after the Spengler Cup victory last week in Davos.

Nelson’s Kinrade a Spengler Cup champ

Nelson's Geoff Kinrade and Team Canada cruised to a 7-2 win over HC Davos in the Spengler Cup final last week in Switzerland.

Geoff Kinrade and Team Canada cruised to a 7-2 win over HC Davos in the Spengler Cup final last week in Switzerland.

The former Nelson Minor Hockey and Nelson Junior Leafs defenceman was part of a star-studded Canadian line-up that took part in the post-Christmas tournament.

The Canadians started off on the wrong note on Boxing Day with a 2-1 overtime loss to Germany’s Adler Mannheim, but righted the ship the next game with a 5-0 trouncing of the host Davos club.

The 1-0-1 record was good enough to put the Canadians in the semi-final where they took care of Switzerland’s Fribourg-Gotteron 5-1 to earn a spot in the final against Davos.

NHL star Patrice Bergeron scored one minute into the game and the Canadian team didn’t look back on their way to the 7-2 victory. NHL standout John Tavares and team captain Ryan Smyth each scored a pair in the win.

Kinrade was asked to pull on the red and white thanks to his play in the Swiss A League this season where he plays with Bern. With the NHL lockout, Kinrade has shared the locker room with Tavares and played against a host of high calibre NHL talent during the first half of the season.

Kinrade now adds the Spengler Cup title to a resume that includes a Calder Cup ring he earned with the AHL’s Binghampton Senators in 2011.