20 of the top minor midget players eligible for the 2011 OHL Priority Selection are set to compete for Team Ontario at the 2011 Canada Winter Games February 11-18 in Halifax, NS.
The tournament features 12 teams comprised of three pools. Ten Provinces, The North West Territories and the Yukon comprise the 12 teams who will be competing for the Gold medal. Based on the 2007 Canada Winter Games rankings Team Ontario is seeded first and is in Pool A that also features Team British Columbia, Team Quebec and Team Nova Scotia.
Team Ontario’s 2007 gold medal entry included OHL graduates Steven Stamkos, Cody Hodgson, Michael Del Zotto, Alex Pietrangelo, Nazem Kadri, Edward Pasquale, Chris Carrozzi, Stefan Della Rovere, Adam Henrique, Kelly Geoffrey, Mark Cundari, Anthony Nigro, and Tyler Cuma. The team also included current OHLers Cody Lindsay of the Ottawa 67’s, Mitch Gaulton and Nathan Moon of the Kingston Frontenacs, James Livingston of the Plymouth Whalers, and Michael D’Orazio of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.
2011 Team Ontario Director of Operations Matt Rabideau along with Head Coach Dave Milek, Assistant coaches Tony Ciampa and Nathan Herrington announced their 20 man roster back in January.
“It is always a challenge when you have to select a team from a group of athletes who are so committed to excellence within their sport. We know that there will always be disappointment for those players who are not selected at the end of the evaluation process. However, we as a staff believe that we have put together a group of athletes who will represent Ontario with pride and class both on and off the ice and are capable of winning the Gold medal at this year’s Canada Winter Games, stated Director of Operations Matt Rabideau.”
“The quality and skill level of the players selected to represent Ontario at this year’s Games indicates that the minor hockey system in Ontario is not only producing high performance athletes but also quality citizens as well said head coach Dave Milek.”
The Hockey Development Centre for Ontario (HDCO) facilitates the Men’s Under-16 Canada Winter Games hockey program on behalf of the 3 Ontario Branches of Hockey Canada.
Team Ontario Schedule:
Saturday Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm vs. Nova Scotia
Sunday Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm vs. Quebec
Monday Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm vs. British Columbia
Tuesday/Wednesday Feb. 15/16 – Placement and Quarter Final Games
Thursday Feb. 17 – Semi-Finals
Friday Feb. 18 – Bronze/Gold Medal Game
TSN will air one of Wednesday’s Quarter-Final games, with both the Bronze and Gold Medal Game to be shown live on TSN2.
Team Ontario Men’s Under-16 2011 Canada Winter Games Roster
Nicholas Baptiste, Ottawa Senators
Adam Bateman, Don Mills Flyers
Bryson Cianfrone, Toronto Marlboros
Jason DaSilva, Halton Hurricanes
Max Domi Don, Mills Flyers
Hunter Garlent, Welland Tigers
Jacob Harris, Halton Hurricanes
Bo Horvat, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs
Ryan Kujawinski, Sudbury Wolves
Jordan Maletta, St. Catherines Falcons
Spencer Martin, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Nick Moutrey, York Simcoe Express
Stephen Nosad, York Simcoe Express
Darnell Nurse, Don Mills Flyers
David Perklin, Toronto Marlboros
Nicholas Ritchie, Toronto Marlboros
Jordan Subban, Toronto Marlboros
Steven Varga, York Simcoe Express
Michael Vlajkov, St. Catherines Falcons
Alex Yuill, Quinte Devils
Head Coach: David Milek, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Assistant Coach: Tony Ciampa, Windsor Major Bantam AAA
Assistant Coach: Nathan Herrington, Brantford M. Midget AAA
Director of Operations: Matt Rabideau, Team Ontario
Trainer: Brian Miller, Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Trainer: Richard Rotenberg, Barrie Colts (OHL)
Athletic Therapist: Johanna Carlo, Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA
Follow Team Ontario at www.canadagames2011.ca