TORONTO, Ont. – Forty of the top under-18 hockey players in the country will step on to the ice at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto starting Friday with hopes of being selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team.
The selection camp runs from Aug. 3-6 with hopefuls split into Red and White squads. The teams will take part in several practices and compete in intrasquad games on Aug. 4, 5 and 6. All practices and games are free of charge to the public. Please note that seating is limited.
There will be no TV or radio coverage of the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, but fans can follow all of the action with live updates at www.hockeycanada.ca. Hockey Canada’s official website is also the place to find game summaries, stories, and other features. Updates on Twitter and Facebook will be posted on a regular basis throughout the whole tournament.
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack)
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Nikolas Brouillard (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Kayle Doetzel (Red Deer Rebels)
Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts)
Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current Broncos)
Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Matt Murphy (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jordan Subban (Belleville Bulls)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nick Baptiste (Sudbury Wolves)
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm)
Max Domi (London Knights)
Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads)
Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts)
Hunter Garlent (Guelph Storm)
Jérémy Grégoire (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Carter Hansen (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Stephen Harper (Erie Otters)
Bo Horvat (London Knights)
Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats)
Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston Frontenacs)
Yan-Pavel Laplante (P.E.I Rocket)
Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads)
Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack)
Matthew Needham (Kamloops Blazers)
Stephen Nosad (Peterborough Petes)
Brent Pedersen (Kitchener Rangers)
Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice)
Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes)
Brandon Robinson (Brampton Battalion)
Tommy Veilleux (Victoriaville Tigres)
At the conclusion of camp, head coach Todd Gill (Cardinal, Ont./Kingston, OHL) and assistant coaches Yanick Jean (Alma, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) and Scott Walker (Cambridge, Ont./Guelph, OHL), along with Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, and Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout for the men’s Program of Excellence, will select 22 players for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team to compete at the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Canada has won the last four gold medals at the tournament, and seven of the last eight.
The camp roster includes 17 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 13 from the Western Hockey League and 10 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In total, 36 players (four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 22 forwards) competed at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team is one of two men’s under-18 teams that Hockey Canada assembles during each season. A second men’s under-18 team will take part in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia next April, and will be comprised of available players not involved in playoffs with their respective teams.
The under-18 program, along with the regional under-17 program and the national under-20 program, make up Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which identifies, evaluates and develops players for international competition.