42 of the Canadian Hockey League’s top under-18 players are in Calgary this week competing for a spot on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup which takes place in Edmonton and Red Deer August 6-11.
The camp, which opened Saturday, includes 15 Ontario Hockey League players among the 44 invites who have been split into Red and White teams for intersquad practices and games.
OHL Players on Team Red:
Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Mitchell Brewer (Oshawa Generals)
Nathan Staios (Windsor Spitfires)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds)
Blake Murray (Sudbury Wolves)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
OHL Players on Team White:
Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Grayson Ladd (Windsor Spitfires)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)
Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Nicholas Porco (Saginaw Spirit)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals)
Red-White Inter-squad Schedule and Results:
Monday July 30 – Red 5 vs White 4
RED: Suzuki 1G 1A, Clarke 1G, Murray 1G, Tomasino 1A.
WHT: Coe 1A, Cavallin 28/33.
Tuesday July 31 – White 2 vs Red 0
RED: Guzda 32/34.
Wednesday August 1 – Red 5 vs White 2
RED: Tomasino 2G 1A, Keppen 1G.
WHT: Rees 2G.
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Newly rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the annual tournament is one of the only true, best-on-best competitions for this age group. While the event is being co-hosted in Edmonton and Red Deer, Canada will play all of its games out of Rogers Place in Edmonton, except for a pre-tournament game against the Czech Republic slated for 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the brand-new Servus Arena in Red Deer.
Canada won last year’s edition of the event in Breclav, Czech Republic, besting the host team 4-1, with a squad that included 18 players who were selected in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in June. When all of the picks were in, 77 alumni of the event were selected by NHL Clubs – 19 first-rounders, in fact – including seven of the top-10 picks.
Canada has won gold 21 times in 27 years of summer under-18 competition.
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