CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced roster details on Thursday for Canada’s National Junior Team development camp, scheduled for early August in St. John’s, N.L. Forty-one skaters (defencemen and forwards) have been identified to attend the camp. Four goaltenders will be named in late June, following the June 17-20 Program of Excellence goaltending camp.
The camp roster currently includes 17 defencemen and 24 forwards.
The players, born in 1991 or 1992, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray, in consultation with head coach Dave Cameron (Mississauga St. Michael’s, OHL) and assistant coaches Bob Boughner (Windsor, OHL), Ryan Huska (Kelowna, WHL) and André Tourigny (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL). Murray evaluated these players over the course of the 2009-10 season, following these players along with numerous other candidates for the program during league play, as well as during international competitions for both the under-18 and junior programs.
“There are a number of tremendously talented players across Canada in this age group, and the players named today will have a terrific opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best the country has to offer,” said Murray. “We are looking forward to a very competitive, high-energy camp.”
The invitation list includes five players from Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan: Jared Cowen, Calvin de Haan, Ryan Ellis, Taylor Hall and Brayden Schenn.
The camp will include 24 skaters with international experience at the under-18 level (Cizikas, Cowen, de Haan, Després, Doherty, Eakin, Elliott, Ellis, Gormley, Gudbranson, Hall, Howden, Howse, Kassian, Leblanc, McNabb, Olsen, Pysyk, Ross, Schenn, Schwartz, Seguin, Skinner, Toffoli) and 30 skaters who have represented their region at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and/or Canada Winter Games (Ashton, Barrie, Beck, Cizikas, Couturier, Després, Doherty, Elliott, Ellis, Gallagher, Gauthier-Leduc, Glennie, Gormley, Gudbranson, Howden, Howse, Kassian, Leblanc, McNabb, Olsen, Pysyk, Ross, Roussel, Schenn, Schwartz, Seguin, Skinner, Toffoli, Vey, Werek).
Defenceman Calvin de Haan (Carp, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) will attend the camp but will not take part in on-ice sessions. All other invited players, as per National Junior Team policy, must attend the camp to be eligible for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Details of the camp, including dates, schedule and red and white rosters, will be announced at a later date.