HOCKEY CANADA NAMES 16 WHL PLAYERS TO NATIONAL MEN’S SUMMER UNDER-18 SELECTION CAMP 06/26/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019
 
Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 16 Western Hockey League players, as part of a group of 44, to attend Canada’s national men’s under-18 team selection camp. The camp will take place at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta. from July 26-30th.

The players – four goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 24 forwards – will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech, and Piestany, Slovakia. The breakdown of WHL players led by first-overall 2017 WHL Draft selection Kaiden Guhle of the Prince Albert Raiders, includes one goaltender, five defencemen and 10 forwards.

“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. “The under-18 camp is unlike any other, as players are being evaluated from the moment they arrive at camp and are preparing to compete in short-term competition. Historically, Canada has been successful at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”

One of the only true, best-on-best competitions for this age group, the Hlinka Gretzky Cup will see Team Canada play its preliminary-round games at Ice Bors Arena in Breclav. The event will run from Aug. 5-10, with Canada facing off against the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland in preliminary play before the tournament wraps up with the bronze and gold medal games on Aug. 10.

The team will be guided on the bench by head coach Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta. / Vancouver Giants) and assistant coach Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont. / Everett Silvertips). Dyck was named the head coach of the team earlier this month when Dan Lambert stepped aside from the position after accepting an assistant coaching role with the Nashville Predators.

Also joining Dyck and Williams are six other WHL staff members, including management group member Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont. / Moose Jaw Warriors), goaltending coach Adam Brown (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), video coach Andrew Doty (Calgary, Alta. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), equipment manager Gord Cochran (Williams Lake, B.C. / Regina Pats) as well as guest coaches Mark O’Leary (Owen Sound, Ont. / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Ryan Smith (Winnipeg, Man. / Medicine Hat Tigers).

In 2018, the tournament was rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and hosted in Canada, with Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., serving as co-hosts. Canada captured gold on home ice, defeating Sweden 6-2 in the gold medal game.

Canada has won gold 22 times in 28 years of summer under-18 competition, along with two silver medals and one bronze.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team and the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

WHL Players – National Men’s Summer Under-18 Selection Camp 

Name Position Height Weight Born Hometown WHL Team WHL Draft
Dylan Garand Goaltender 6’0” 170 06/07/02 Victoria, B.C. Kamloops Blazers KAM 2017 (3,58)
Tyrel Bauer Defenceman 6’3” 206 03/23/02 Cochrane, Alta. Seattle Thunderbirds SEA 2017 (2,41)
Kaiden  Guhle Defenceman 6’3” 186 01/18/02 Sherwood Park, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders PA 2017 (1,1)
Daemon Hunt Defenceman 6’0” 198 05/15/02 Brandon, Man. Moose Jaw Warriors MJ 2017 (1,15)
Luke  -Prokop Defenceman 6’4” 202 05/06/02 Edmonton. Alta. Calgary Hitmen CGY 2017 (1,7)
Ronan Seeley Defenceman 5’11” 175 08/02/02 Olds, Alta. Everett Silvertips EVT 2017 (1,20)
Jakob Brook Forward 6’2” 173 03/15/02 Roblin, Man. Prince Albert Raiders PA 2017 (2,40)
Kyle Crnkovic Forward 5’7” 153 02/10/02 Chestermere, Alta. Saskatoon Blades SAS 2017 (1,10)
Jack Finley Forward 6’5” 203 09/02/02 Kelowna, B.C. Spokane Chiefs SPO 2017  (1,6)
Ridly Greig Forward 5’11” 155 08/08/02 Lethbridge, Alta. Brandon Wheat Kings BDN 2017   (1,8)
Seth Jarvis Forward 5’9” 164 02/01/02 Winnipeg, Man. Portland Winterhawks POR 2017 (1,11)
Ryder Korczak Forward 5’9” 157 09/23/02 Yorkton, Sask. Moose Jaw Warriors CGY 2017 (2,29)
Connor McClennon Forward 5’8″ 151 06/25/02 Wainwright, Alta. Winnipeg ICE WPG 2017 (1,2)
Jake Neighbours Forward 6’0” 196 03/29/02 Airdrie, Alta. Edmonton Oil Kings EDM 2017 (1,4)
Justin  Sourdif Forward 5’11” 163 03/24/02 Surrey, B.C. Vancouver Giants VAN 2017 (1,3)
Ozzy Wiesblatt Forward 5’10” 187 03/09/02 Calgary, Alta. Prince Albert Raiders PA 2017 (2,25)


About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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WHL SENDS 12 PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP 06/19/19


WHL SENDS 12 PLAYERS TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019
 
Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League is proud to announce today 12 WHL players have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp July 27 to Aug. 4 in Plymouth, Mich.

The group of WHL talent is led by WHL and Canadian Hockey League Defenceman of the Year Ty Smith (New Jersey Devils) of the Spokane Chiefs and features six forwards and five defencemen. Defencemen Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) of the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Jett Woo (Vancouver Canucks) of the Calgary Hitmen, as well as forward Cole Fonstad (Montreal Canadiens) of the WHL Champion Prince Albert Raiders represent the three other players already selected in the NHL Draft.

Seven WHL players attending the camp are eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, set to be held June 21-22 at Rogers Place in Vancouver, B.C. Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants is ranked second among North American skaters according to NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings and is the CHL’s top-ranked prospect in addition to earning an invitation to the camp.  

Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades, Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and Peyton Krebs of the Winnipeg ICE, ranked within the top 10 skaters in North America, also earned camp invitations. Nolan Foote of the Kelowna Rockets, ranked 37th among North American skaters, and Luka Burzan of the Brandon Wheat Kings, ranked 126th, will be attending the camp. Calgary Hitmen forward Carson Focht is also eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Two of the 43 players invited to the camp are eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft in Montreal, Que., with Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Braden Schneider occupying one of those slots. The Prince Albert, Sask. product has represented Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and IIHF Under-18 World Championship.

The Wheat Kings and Hitmen lead the WHL contingent with each boasting a pair of players invited to the camp. Eight other WHL member Clubs are represented by a single player. The WHL will also be represented on the team staff by assistant coach Mitch Love, head coach of the Blades.

WHL Invitees – Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp              H W DOB Hometown WHL Club NHL Defence             Calen Addison 5’10” 180 4/11/2000 Brandon, Man. Lethbridge Hurricanes PIT ’18 (2-53) Bowen Byram 6’1” 192 6/13/2001 Cranbrook, B.C. Vancouver Giants Eligible 2019 Braden Schneider 6’2” 210 9/20/2001 Prince Albert, Sask. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2020 Ty Smith 5’11” 177 3/24/2000 Lloydminster, Alta. Spokane Chiefs NJ ’18 (1-17) Jett Woo 6’0” 203 7/27/2000 Winnipeg, Man. Calgary Hitmen VAN ‘18
(2-37) Forwards             Luka Burzan 6’1” 190 1/7/2000 Surrey, B.C. Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2019 Dylan Cozens 6’3” 185 2/9/2001 Whitehorse, Yukon Lethbridge Hurricanes Eligible 2019 Kirby Dach 6’4” 195 1/21/2001 Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Saskatoon Blades Eligible 2019 Carson Focht 6’0” 177 2/4/2000 Regina, Sask. Calgary Hitmen Eligible 2019 Cole Fonstad 5’10 165 4/24/2000 Estevan, Sask. Prince Albert Raiders MTL ’18 (5-128) Nolan Foote 6’3” 188 11/29/2000 Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna Rockets Eligible 2019 Peyton Krebs 5’11” 180 1/26/2001 Okotoks, Alta. Winnipeg ICE Eligible 2019
The five goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 25 forwards will be split into two teams – Red and White. The Canadians will play four games in Plymouth, taking on the United States twice in addition to singles against Finland and Sweden.
 
Brad McEwen, head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group member Mark Hunter put the roster together, and will continue to monitor the athletes through the start of the 2019-20 season ahead of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
 
“We’re very pleased with the group that will be brought together in Plymouth,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams. “This is a development opportunity for some of the younger athletes, and it’s a great opportunity for our coaching staff and players to start developing solid relationship ahead of the World Juniors.”

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.
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