Hockey Canada, along with the Canadian Hockey League, named the 22 players that will form Canada’s National Under-18 Team for the upcoming Under-18 Junior World Cup in the Czech Republic from August 11-16, 2003.
Canada will be shooting for an 8th straight international Under-18 Summer Event gold medal having captured gold at all seven previous events.
The naming of the 22 player roster comes after a week-long development camp held in Calgary, AB which saw 40 of Canada’s top under-18 players vying for a spot on Team Canada. Head Coach Bob Lowes (Regina, WHL) and assistants Dave Cameron (Toronto St. Michael’s, OHL) and Pascal Vincent (Cape Breton, QMJHL) along with Hockey Canada’s Head Scout, Blair Mackasey conducted evaluations throughout the week.
“It’s been a very competitive development camp and the players named today should be very proud of their accomplishment,” said Lowes. “I’ve been very happy with the talent level and caliber of play during our Red/White games. The players and staff are looking forward to representing Canada in the Czech Republic.”
The Under-18 program and the Summer Development Camp are part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence beginning with the regional Under-17 teams and ending with the National Junior Team. The primary objectives of the Under-18 program are to identify, evaluate and condition players to the rigors of international competition by giving them their first exposure to international hockey, international officiating, larger ice surfaces, and travel. Many of these Under-18 players will move on to play with Canada’s National Junior team, and many will be high NHL draft picks in 2004.
Fifteen players were released from Canada’s Under-18 Development Camp on Thursday morning.
The 22 players, along with the staff, will be flying out of Calgary, AB on Thursday, August 6th for London, England.
2003 National Summer Under-18 Junior World Cup Team
Dubnyk, Devan – Kamloops (WHL)
Ellis-Plante, Julien – Shawinigan (LHJMQ)
Schulz, David – Swift Current (WHL)
Barker, Cam – Medicine Hat (WHL)
Rogers, Andy – Calgary (WHL)
Funk, Michael – Portland (WHL)
Festerling, Brett – Tri-City (WHL)
O’Neill, Wes – Green Bay (USHL)
Fistric, Mark – Vancouver (WHL)
Rizk, Jean-Michel – Saginaw (OHL)
Crosby, Sidney – Shattuck St. Mary’s (USHS)
McGrath, Evan – Kitchener (OHL)
Blunden, Michael – Erie (OHL)
Comeau, Blake – Kelowna (WHL)
Hunter, Eric – Prince George (WHL)
Wolski, Wojtek – Brampton (OHL)
Garlock, Ryan – Guelph (OHL)
Chipchura, Kyle – Prince Albert (WHL)
Bourret, Alex – Sherbrooke (LHJMQ)
Cabana, Frédérik – Halifax (LHJMQ)
Rabbit, Wacey – Saskatoon (WHL)
Lammers, John – Lethbridge (WHL)
Director, High Performance – Denis Hainault, Hockey Canada
Head Scout – Blair Mackasey, Hockey Canada
Manager, High Performance – Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada
Head coach – Bob Lowes, Regina (WHL)
Assistant coach – Dave Cameron, Toronto St. Michael’s (OHL)
Assistant coach – Pascal Vincent, Cape Breton (LHJMQ)
Equipment manager – Serge LeBlanc, Moncton (LHJMQ)
Therapist – Mikki Lanuk, Kamloops (WHL)
Team physician – Dr. Ian Auld, Calgary (WHL)