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.
Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts)
Nick McBride (Prince Albert Raiders)
Zachary Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Olivier Tremblay (Rimouski Oceanic)
Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Guillaume Brisebois (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Kevin Davis (Everett Silvertips)
Olivier Galipeau (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Joe Gatenby (Kelowna Rockets)
Connor Hobbs (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips)
Justin Lemcke (Belleville Bulls)
Garrett McFadden (Guelph Storm)
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Chaz Reddekopp (Victoria Royals)
Jeremy Roy (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Matthew Spencer (Peterborough Petes)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals)
Parker Wotherspoon (Tri-City Americans)
Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)
Giorgio Estephan (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current Broncos)
Matteo Gennaro (Prince Albert Raiders)
Sam Harding (Oshawa Generals)
Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars)
Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs)
Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s)
Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Hayden McCool (Niagara IceDogs)
Brett McKenzie (North Bay Battalion)
Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets)
Adam Musil (Red Deer Rebels)
Nathan Noel (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Grayson Pawlenchuk (Red Deer Rebels)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Ethan Szypula (Owen Sound Attack)
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.”
For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, and follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada.ca, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.