47 players from across the Canadian Hockey League have arrived in Kamloops, British Columbia, to don the sweaters of their country at the 2018 World Junior Showcase.
The event features Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States, serving as a testing ground for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in December, to be played this season in Vancouver and Victoria.
Of the 47 CHL players participating, 26 are from the Ontario Hockey League, 12 are from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and nine are from the Western Hockey League.
“This week is a tremendous opportunity for our players, and an important step for our scouting and coaching staff,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior vice-president, national teams. “The chance to play against Finland, Sweden, and Team USA will aid in our evaluation process as we look to put together a team of the best junior players who will represent our country in December.”
OHL Players at 2018 World Junior Showcase:
Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) – Red
Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Red
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) – White
Evan Bouchard (London Knights) – White
Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack) – White
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds) – White
MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs) – White
Alex Formenton (London Knights) – Red
Liam Foudy (London Knights) – Red
Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Red
Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – White
Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads) – Red
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals) – Red
Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) – Red
Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals) – Red
Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack) – Red
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs) – White
Invited but unable to compete due to injury:
Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Gabe Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)
Linus Nyman (Kingston Frontenacs)
Also competing for Finland is goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen who was chosen third overall by the Sudbury Wolves in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
Rickard Hugg (Kitchener Rangers)
Also competing for Sweden is defenceman Adam Boqvist who has committed to the London Knights for the 2018-19 season.
United States (7):
Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals) – Blue
Joey Keane (Barrie Colts) – White
Alec Regula (London Knights) – Blue
Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) – Blue
Cole Coskey (Saginaw Spirit) – White
Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters) – White
Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs) – White
The eight-day event features 11 games at the Sandman Centre. Both Canada and the United States will dress two squads for games on Monday July 30 and Tuesday July 31, before combining again as Team Canada and Team USA for the duration of mini-tournament competition on Thursday August 2, Friday August 3, and Saturday August 4.
Monday July 30:
7:00 pm – United States Blue vs. Sweden
10:00 pm – United States White vs. Finland
Tuesday July 31:
4:00 pm – Sweden vs. Finland
7:00 pm – Canada White vs. United States Blue
10:30 pm – Canada Red vs. United States White
Thursday August 2:
4:00 pm – United States vs. Sweden
9:00 pm – Canada vs. Finland
Friday August 3:
4:00 pm – United States vs. Finland
9:00 pm – Canada vs. Sweden
Saturday August 4:
5:00 pm – Canada vs. United States
8:00 pm – Finland vs. Sweden
All times listed are Eastern. For live scoring and stats please visit hockeycanada.ca.
The final three days of the showcase will be televised live on TSN and NHL Network.
Fans eager to REPRESENT this December at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, can get a glimpse of the future as single-game tickets are now on sale. Ticket packages, including all Showcase games, are also available online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets and at the Sandman Centre box office for $139 plus fees.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook, and Twitter or #WorldJuniors.