Hockey Canada announces players for selection camp

By League Press Release

OTTAWA, ON – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Wednesday that 38 of Canada’s best junior-aged hockey players (born in 1989 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior selection camp from December 11-15, 2008 at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, ON and the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, QC.

Of the 38 players invited, four won gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Thirty-one of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including thirteen first-round selections and eight second-round picks.

Hockey Canada may add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 11, in the event that any NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.

“On behalf of Hockey Canada, I would like to congratulate the players named today, along with their club teams, their parents and all the minor hockey coaches and officials who helped them along with the way,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s senior director of men’s national teams. “I would also like to make special note of the great partnership that Hockey Canada has with the Canadian Hockey League, which is essential to the success of the Program of Excellence.”

“Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which includes our under-17 and under-18 programs, has provided many of these players with the preparation and experience for to deal with the rigors of the upcoming World Juniors and high paced international competition,” said Al Murray, Hockey Canada’s head scout for men’s national teams. “The quality and skill of the 38 players invited to the camp next week is a testament of the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey system.”

Murray traveled coast to coast during the first part of the 2008-09 hockey season assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.

For the full roster visit this link – http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/57504/la_id/1.htm

SELECTION CAMP INFORMATION
Players and staff will travel to Ottawa on Thursday, December 11, and will take to the ice that same evening at the SBP Arena in Ottawa (view the full game schedule at www.hockeycanada.ca).

Intersquad game schedule (all games to be played at 6 p.m. EST)

Friday, December 12                      Red vs. White                                                                    SBP Arena (Ottawa)       
Tickets for sale at www.capitaltickets.ca

Saturday, December 13                 Red vs, White                                                                    Robert-Guertin Arena (Gatineau)
                                                                Tickets available at the door

Sunday, December 14                    Game to be confirmed                                                 SBP Arena

Canada will play its first game of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 versus the Czech Republic, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network (check local listings).

Canada has medaled at ten straight IIHF World Junior Championships including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.

CANADA’S 2009 NJT SELECTION CAMP BREAKDOWN ‘BY THE NUMBERS’

Returning 2008 National Junior Team players – 4
• Zach Boychuk, Thomas Hickey, PK Subban, John Tavares

Players who took part in the ADT CHL Canada/Russia Challenge – 29
• G – Allen, Pickard, Tokarski
• D – Aulie, Cuma, Ellis, Hamonic, Hickey, Marshall, Myers, Pietrangelo, Subban, Teubert
• F – Arniel, Benn, Boychuk, Calvert, Cormier, Della Rovere, Duchene, Eberle, Ennis, Esposito, Hall, Hodsgon, Schenn, Sonne, Tavares, Tyrell

Minor Hockey / Hockey Canada branch breakdown:
• 12 – Ontario Hockey Federation
• 8 – Hockey Alberta
• 6 – BC Hockey
• 3 – Saskatchewan Hockey Association
• 3 – Hockey Manitoba
• 2 – Hockey Quebec
• 2 – Ottawa District Hockey Association
• 2 – Hockey New Brunswick

Where they are playing:
• 18 players from the Western Hockey League (WHL)
• 11 players from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
• 5 players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL)
• 4 players from U.S. College Hockey (NCAA)

Program of Excellence experience:
• Twenty-one (21) of the 38 players have played for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team
• Thirty (30) of the 38 players have been involved in Canada’s regional under-17 program
• Six players – Benn, DiDomenico, Pickard, Spurgeon, Tokarski, Wiercioch – invited to the selection camp will be looking for their first-ever experience on a regional or national team

Leadership:
• Seven (7) players (Aulie, Della Rovere, Hickey, Hodgson, Marshall, Pietrangelo, Tyrell) are currently captains of their respective teams, and thirteen (13) players are alternate captains

Vital statistics:
• Average age: 18 years, 11 months, 1 day (as of Dec. 26, 2008)
• By year of birth: 1989 (20 players), 1990 (13 players), 1991 (5 players)
• Average height: 6’0”
• Average weight: 188 lbs

NHL Entry Draft information:
• Thirty-one (31) of the 38 players invited to camp have been drafted in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Drafts
• Thirteen (13) of the 31 NHL drafted players were first-round NHL selection, eight (8) players are second-round NHL picks, and two (2) were selected in the third round
• Seven undrafted players will be at Canada’s selection camp, including six who are eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and one who is eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
• The NHL’s St. Louis Blues have the most drafted players invited Canada’s 2008 selection camp, with three, while Buffalo, Columbus, Edmonton, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay will each have two prospects at camp