29 players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team

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MONTREAL, Que. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Monday that 29 players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, beginning Dec. 11 at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto, Ont.

The roster includes two goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards. Canada’s final roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal will include 22 players, and must be finalized by Dec. 25. 

Of the 29 players invited, seven are potential returning players; Chris Bigras (Woodland Beach, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL), Zachary Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Halifax, QMJHL), Frédérik Gauthier (Mascouche, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL), Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL), Josh Morrissey (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL), Nic Petan (Delta, B.C./Portland, WHL) and Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, B.C./Kootenay, WHL) represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö, Sweden.

In total, 26 of the players named to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp were drafted in either the 2013 or 2014 NHL Entry Drafts, including 15 first-round selections and seven second-round picks.

“This is a special IIHF World Junior Championship, and the opportunity to play at home in front of Canadian fans should make for a very competitive selection camp,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams with Hockey Canada. “We’re looking forward to getting the camp underway, and selecting 22 players who will make Canada proud with their performance this holiday season. I also want to say a huge thank you to Ryan Jankowski, Bruce Hamilton, and the rest of the Program of Excellence management group for their time, their passion and their wisdom.”

“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, congratulations and best of luck to all of the players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp,” said David Branch, president of the Canadian Hockey League. “The partnership between Hockey Canada and the CHL is a special one, and we’re excited to watch our players wear the Canadian jersey with pride in Toronto and Montreal.”

“I would like to congratulate the 29 players who received an invitation today,” said Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel with Hockey Canada. “There is a tremendous amount of depth in junior hockey in Canada, and to be among this group is a tremendous accomplishment. I would also like to thank the general managers and coaches of the Canadian Hockey League for their great support throughout this process.”

In regards to eligible players currently in the NHL, Hockey Canada will continue to communicate with NHL teams and is hopeful players may still be made available to Canada’s National Junior Team prior to the NHL’s roster freeze deadline on Dec. 19.

Selection Camp Roster
Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team NHL Draft
Nom T/C Gr. Pds DDN Ville d’origine Équipe de club Repêchage LNH
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Eric Comrie L/G 6’1″ 168 07/06/95 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. Tri-City (WHL) WPG ’13 (2, 59)
*Zachary Fucale L/G 6’1″ 181 05/28/95 Rosemère, Que./Qc Halifax (QMJHL) MTL ’13 (2, 36)
*Chris Bigras L/G 6’1″ 189 02/22/95 Elmvale, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) COL ’13 (2, 32)
Madison Bowey R/D 6’1″ 195 04/22/95 Winnipeg, Man. Kelowna (WHL) WAS ’13 (2, 53)
Haydn Fleury L/G 6’2.5″ 203 07/08/96 Carlyle, Sask. Red Deer (WHL) CAR ’14 (1, 7)
Dillon Heatherington L/G 6’3″ 196 05/19/95 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Swift Current (WHL) CBJ ’13 (2, 50)
Joe Hicketts L/G 5’8″ 186 05/04/96 Kamloops, B.C./C.-B. Victoria (WHL) DET ’14 (FA/JA)
Samuel Morin L/G 6’7″ 224 07/12/95 St-Henri, Que./Qc Rimouski (QMJHL) PHI ’13 (1, 11)
*Josh Morrissey L/G 6’0″ 194 03/28/95 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Prince Albert (WHL) WPG ’13 (1, 13)
Darnell Nurse L/G 6’4″ 189 02/04/95 Hamilton, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) EDM ’13 (1, 7)
Travis Sanheim L/G 6’3″ 189 03/29/96 Elkhorn, Man. Calgary (WHL) PHI ’14 (1, 17)
Shea Theodore L/G 6’2″ 182 08/03/95 Aldergrove, B.C./C.-B. Seattle (WHL) ANA ’13 (1, 26)
Nick Baptiste R/D 6’1″ 198 08/04/95 Ottawa, Ont. Erie (OHL) BUF ’13 (3, 69)
Rourke Chartier L/G 5’10.5″ 177 04/03/96 Saskatoon, Sask. Kelowna (WHL) SJS ’14 (5, 149)
Lawson Crouse L/G 6’4″ 211 06/23/97 Mount Brydges, Ont. Kingston (OHL) 2015 Dft/Rep.
Michael Dal Colle L/G 6’1.5″ 182 06/20/96 Vaughan, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) NYI ’14 (1, 5)
Jason Dickinson L/G 6’2″ 188 07/04/95 Georgetown, Ont. Guelph (OHL) DAL ’13 (1, 29)
Max Domi L/G 5’9.5″ 194 03/02/95 Toronto, Ont. London (OHL) ARI ’13 (1, 12)
Rémi Elie L/G 6’1″ 201 04/16/95 Green Valley, Ont. Belleville (OHL) DAL ’13 (2, 40)
Robby Fabbri L/G 5’10” 170 01/22/96 Mississauga, Ont. Guelph (OHL) STL ’14 (1, 21)
*Frédérik Gauthier L/G 6’4″ 215 04/26/95 St-Lin-Laurentides, Que./Qc Rimouski (QMJHL) TOR ’13 (1, 21)
Morgan Klimchuk L/G 5’11.5″ 180 03/02/95 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Regina (WHL) CGY ’13 (1, 28)
*Connor McDavid L/G 6’0″ 182 01/13/97 Newmarket, Ont. Erie (OHL) 2015 Dft/Rep.
Nick Paul L/G 6’3″ 198 03/20/95 Mississauga, Ont. North Bay (OHL) DAL ’13 (4, 101)/OTT
*Nic Petan L/G 5’9″ 170 03/22/95 Delta, B.C./C-B. Portland (WHL) WPG ’13 (2, 43)
Brayden Point R/D 5’8″ 160 03/12/95 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Moose Jaw (WHL) TB ’14 (3, 79)
*Sam Reinhart R/D 6’1″ 185 11/06/95 West Vancouver, B.C./C.-B. Kootenay (WHL) BUF ’14 (1, 2)
Nick Ritchie L/G 6’2.5″ 226 12/05/95 Orangeville, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) ANA ’14 (1, 10)
Jake Virtanen R/D 6’1″ 208 08/17/96 Abbotsford, B.C./C.-B. Calgary (WHL) VAN ’14 (1, 6)
* Played for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship/ A représenté le Canada au Championnat mondial junior 2014 de l’IIHF
President & CEO / Président et chef de la direction Tom Renney Cranbrook, B.C./C.-B. Hockey Canada
Vice-President, Hockey Operations/National Teams / Vice-président, activités hockey et équipes nationales Scott Salmond Creston, B.C./C.-B. Hockey Canada
Management Group / Groupe de gestion Bruce Hamilton Saskatoon, Sask. Kelowna (WHL)
Management Group / Groupe de gestion Sean Burke Windsor, Ont. Arizona (NHL)
Director, Player Personnel / Directeur, personnel des joueurs Ryan Jankowski Calgary, Alta./Alb. Hockey Canada
Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef  Benoît Groulx Hull, Que./Qc Gatineau (QMJHL)
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint  Dave Lowry Ottawa, Ont. Victoria (WHL)
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint  Scott Walker Cambridge, Ont. Guelph (OHL)
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint  Martin Raymond Pierrefonds, Que./Qc Drummondville (QMJHL)
Goaltending Consultant / Consultant des gardiens Fred Brathwaite Ottawa, Ont. Hockey Canada
Video Manager / Responsable, vidéo Misha Donskov Montreal, Que./Qc Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey Operations / Responsable activités hockey Bayne Pettinger Victoria, B.C./C.-B. Hockey Canada
Equipment Manager / Responsable de l’équipement Bryan Boyes Oshawa, Ont. Oshawa (OHL)
Equipment Manager / Responsable de l’équipement  Serge Haché Welland, Ont. Gatineau (QMJHL)
Team Physician / Médecin de l’équipe  Dr. Ian Auld Victoria, B.C./C.-B. Hockey Canada
Therapist / Thérapeute  Kent Kobelka Revelstoke, B.C./C.-B. Hockey Canada
Therapist / Thérapeute Michaël Morin St-Georges-de-Beauce, Que./Qc Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Media Relations / Relations médias André Brin Winnipeg, Man. Hockey Canada
Media Relations / Relations médias Paul Krotz Kitchener, Ont. CHL / LCH