June 25,2014(ISN) – CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League,
announced Wednesday the 44 players who have been invited to attend Canada’s National
Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp that will be held from Aug. 2-5 at the
Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, prior to selecting the team which will travel to
Europe to compete in the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
The 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is scheduled for Aug. 11-16 in Breclav, Czech
Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Of the 44 players who have been invited to the
selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18
Team. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament six consecutive years and nine
of the last 10.
The camp roster includes 18 players from the Western Hockey League, 15 from the
Ontario Hockey League, 10 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and one who
played U.S. high school hockey last season.
In total, 40 players (four goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 20 forwards) competed at
the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and three players (Mathew Barzal, Lawson
Crouse and Travis Konecny) helped Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team win a bronze
medal as under-agers at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in
Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland.
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The players, born in 1997, were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s head
scout for men’s national teams, in consultation with head coach Derek Laxdal
(Stonewall, Man./Edmonton, WHL), assistant coaches Jody Hull (Petrolia,
Ont./Peterborough, OHL) and Eric Veilleux (Quebec, Que.,/Baie-Comeau, QMJHL), and
the Program of Excellence management group.
The Program of Excellence management group has been confirmed for the 2014-15
season; it is comprised, as it was in 2013-14, of Bruce Hamilton (Kelowna, WHL),
Sean Burke (Phoenix, NHL), Joël Bouchard (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), and Mark
Hunter (London, OHL). This group works directly with Hockey Canada’s vice-president
of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.) and Canada’s
National Junior Team policy committee in setting direction for the program.
“It is always a challenge to select players given the depth of talent in Canada,”
Jankowski said. “As a staff, we will have difficult decisions to make, but our goal
remains to select the best team, and to represent Canada proudly at this event.”