Team Canada prepares to open its selection camp for the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial at the MasterCard Center in Toronto Ontario on July 26 and will run through July 30, 2013. You can find the complete camp schedule here .
Four goaltenders, 14 defensemen and 24 forwards will take part in the camp. All but two players invited are eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. Ryan Pilon (Lethbridge – WHL) and Ryan Gropp (Kamloops – BCHL) are 2015 draft eligible. In total, there are 15 Ontario Hockey League players chosen to take part in the selection camp.
Brent Moran is a 6’3 184 pound goaltender from Ottawa who played in 19 games for the Niagara Ice Dogs last season. He posted 4.26 goals against average and .872 save percentage. He also played for Team Ontario at the World Under 17 championships. In 2 games he had a 4.27 goals against average and .833 save percentage.
Belle River native and Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad stands 6’3 and comes in at 213 pounds to lead the defensive corp. Ekblad was the second player ever to be granted exceptional status by the Canadian Hockey League. He joined the Colts as a 15 year old and scored 10 goals and 19 assists in 63 games. He followed that up in his second season with 7 goals and 27 assists in 54 games. He’s twice played for Team Ontario at the Under 17 totalling 3 goals and 6 assists in 10 games and was Captain the second time around.
Kingston Frontenacs and Listowel native Roland McKeown will also battle for a spot on the blue line. The Fronts fine young defenseman stands 6’1 and weighs in at 186 pounds. In 61 games last season he scored 7 goals and added 22 assists for the Frontenacs. He was named Alternate Captain on Team Ontario at the World Under 17 Championships where he notched 3 assists in 5 games. He also played with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship Under 18 with 1 assist in 7 games.
The 6’3 and 194 pound Stratford native and Ottawa 67’s defenseman Jacob Middleton is the 3rd OHL defender competing for a spot. He split last season between the Owen Sound Attack and the 67’s and played in 29 OHL games with the 2 clubs. He scored once and added 4 assists in those contests. He also played in 5 games for Team Ontario at the World Hockey Under 17 Championships scoring once and adding an assist.
Blyth native and Plymouth Whalers’ Alex Peters is the final OHL defenseman at the camp. At 6’4 and 198 pounds he is the biggest defender invited to take part. He played in 58 games for the Whale in 2012-2013 and had 12 assists in those contests.
Sam Bennett is the second fine young Kingston Frontenac prospect at the camp. The Holland Landing native stands 6’ and 168 pounds and will battle for one of the forward positions. He played in 60 games for the Fronts last season scoring 18 goals and adding 22 assists. He was a member of Team Ontario at the World Under 17 scoring 3 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. He also played for Team Canada at the World Junior Under 18 scoring 3 goals and 4 assists in 7 games.
Oakville native Damian Bourne is the largest forward at the camp. The Mississauga Steelheads power forward stands 6’4 and 206 pounds. He played in 50 games for the Steelheads last season scoring 2 goals and added 10 assists. He also played for Team Ontario at the World Under 17. He had 1 goal and 2 assists in 5 tournament games.
Kemptville native and Peterborough Petes center Eric Cornel comes in at 6’2 and 173 pounds. He played in 63 games for the Petes last season and scored 4 goals and assisted on 12 others. He’s also another member to have played on Team Ontario at the World Under 17 championships and in 5 games contributed 3 assists.
A native of Vaughan, Michael Dal Colle is a 6’2 – 171 pound prospect of the Oshawa Generals. The gifted offensive centerman played in 63 games for the Generals last season scoring 15 goals and assisting on 33. He played for Team Ontario at the World Under 17 and in 5 games had 2 goals and 4 assists. In 42 Minor Midget AAA games, Dal Colle had 44 goals and 34 assists.
Robby Fabbri of the Guelph Storm comes in at 5’9.5 and 160 pounds and could be the most interesting player to watch at camp. The Mississauga native played in 59 games for the Storm last season scoring 10 times and adding 23 assists. In 5 Games for Team Ontario at the World Under 17 he scored 3 goals and 1 assists. He’s not quite the smallest player invited to the camp so he could be in a battle.
Brendan Lemieux Is a Quebec born player from Buckingham who skates up and down the wing for the Barrie Colts. He is the son of former NHL’er Claude Lemieux and nephew to Jocelyn Lemieux. He comes into camp at 6’ – 190 pounds. He jumped from the USHL Green Bay Gamblers to the Colts during the season and played in 42 games for the Colts. He had 6 goals and 14 assists in those games and added 2 more goals in 21 playoff games.
Jaden Lindo hales from Brampton Ontario and applies his trade for the Owen Sound Attack. The 6’1 – 194 pound winger played in 63 games last season and scored 5 goals and added 17 assists. He played for Team Ontario at the World Under 17 and in 5 games scored twice and assisted on another.
The Soo Greyhounds and London native Jared McCann is an offensive force. The 6’ – 174 pounder played in 64 games for the Greyhounds last season scoring 21 goals and 23 assists. That followed a midget year in which he scored 61 goals and 70 assists in just 67 games. He was an Alternate Captain for Team Ontario at the World Under 17 and in 5 games scored once and added 2 assists.
Brendan Perlini was born in Guildford Great Britain and raised in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. The 6’1 – 181 pound winger split time last season with the Barrie Colts and the Niagara Ice Dogs. He played in a combined 59 games scoring 8 goals and added 4 assists. He played in 5 playoff games for the Ice Dogs scoring once and adding 2 assists.
While this list is alphabetical and Spencer Watson appears here, we could very well be saving the best till last! Watson is the last of the excellent Frontenacs prospects invited to camp. Born in London Ontario, he also has the distinction of being the smallest player invited at 5’9.5 and 157 pounds. He played in 63 games for the Fronts last season scoring 23 goals and 20 assists. He also scored 5 goals and 2 assists for Team Ontario at the World Under 17.
The final roster should be named by Tuesday, July 30. We can expect to see a few Ontario Hockey Leaguers to be playing for Team Canada.
You can view the entire Team Canada selection camp invitees here.