Hockey Canada has invited 25 Western Hockey League players, as part of a group of 112, to attend Canada’s national under-17 development camp as the road to the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge begins. The camp will take place July 19-26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.

During the week-long camp, the players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards – will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies. The breakdown of WHL players includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 14 forwards.

The list of WHL players invited includes 17 who have already made their WHL debuts, led by Edmonton Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther, the first-overall selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. In total, 12 of the top 13 selections from the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft have been named to Hockey Canada’s list of invited players.

“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams in a release issued by Hockey Canada. “Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. We are here to support their development by providing the on- and off-ice experiences they need to achieve the dream of representing their country.”

Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group representative Martin Mondou (Grand-Mére, Que.) built the roster with assistance from six regional scouts. Shaun Sutter, Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel for the Red Deer Rebels, and Jason Smart, a scout with the Vancouver Giants, served as the two regional scouts from Western Canada.

Following camp, players will be monitored through the early weeks of the 2019-20 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

Media accreditation for the Team Canada Summer Showcase, which includes Canada’s national under-17 development camp, can be requested online. The full camp schedule is available on

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NamePositionHeightWeightBornHometown2018-19 TeamWHL Draft
Tyler BrennanGoaltender6’3”18309/27/03Winnipeg, Man.Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL)PG 2018 (1,21)
Thomas MilicGoaltender5’10”14104/14/03Coquitlam, B.C.Burnaby Winter Club (CSSHL)SEA 2018 (3,51)
Drew SimGoaltender6’2”20102/20/03Tees, Alta.Delta Hockey Academy (CSSHL)VAN 2018 (3,46)
Nolan AllanDefenceman6’1”16504/28/03Davidson, Sask.Saskatoon Blazers (SMHL)PA 2018 (1,3)
Nolan BenthamDefenceman6’2”17906/12/03Victoria, B.C.Yale Hockey Academy (CSSHL)VIC 2018 (1,13)
Corson CeulemansDefenceman6’1”18705/05/03Beaumont, Alta.OHA Edmonton (CSSHL)MJ 2018 (5,100)
Carson LambosDefenceman6’2”20301/14/03Winnipeg, Man.Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL)WPG 2018 (1,2)
Kyle MastersDefenceman5’10”15104/09/03Edmonton, Alta.OHA Edmonton (CSSHL)RD 2018 (1,16)
Keagan SlaneyDefenceman5’8”17404/10/03Airdrie, Alta.Edge School (CSSHL)EDM 2018 (1,20)
Graham SwardDefenceman6’2”15909/12/03Abbotsford, B.C.Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (BCMML)SPO 2018 (1,17)
Hudson ThorntonDefenceman5’11”16811/04/03Winnipeg, Man.Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL)PG 2018 (2,33)
Craig ArmstrongForward5’6”16106/05/03Airdrie, Alta.Edge School (CSSHL)PG 2018 (1,9)
Jake ChiassonForward6’1”15705/25/03Abbotsford, B.C.Yale Hockey Academy (CSSHL)BDN 2018 (1,15)
Jayden GrubbeForward6’2”18001/12/03Calgary, Alta.Calgary Buffaloes (AMHL)RD 2018 (1,7)
Dylan GuentherForward6’0”16204/10/03Edmonton, Alta.Northern Alberta (CSSHL)EDM 2018 (1,1)
Tyson LaventureForward6’1”17001/28/03Lloydminster, Alta.OHA Edmonton (CSSHL)PA 2018 (2,31)
Zack OstapchukForward6’2”17405/29/03St. Albert, Alta.Northern Alberta (CSSHL)VAN 2018 (1,12)
Conner RouletteForward5’11”16005/13/03Winnipeg, Man.Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL)SEA 2018 (2,34)
Matthew SavoieForward5’9”17201/01/04St. Albert, Alta.Northern Alberta (CSSHL)WPG 2019 (1,1)
Cole SillingerForward6’0”18105/16/03Regina, Sask.Regina (SMHL)MH 2018 (1,11)
Logan StankovenForward5’7”16802/26/03Kamloops, B.C.Thompson Blazers (BCMML)KAM 2018 (1,5)
Zack StringerForward6’0”14704/10/03Lethbridge, Alta.Lethbridge (AMHL)LET 2018 (1,8)
Sean TschigerlForward5’11”17304/11/03Edmonton, Alta.OHA Edmonton (CSSHL)CGY 2018 (1,4)
Kai UchaczForward6’0”17506/24/03Foothills, Alta.Okotoks (AMHL)SEA 2018 (1,10)
Trevor WongForward5’8”13405/04/03Vancouver, B.C.Greater Vancouver Canadians (BCMML)KEL 2018 (1,18)