CALGARY – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Monday that 37 of Canada’s top junior-aged players (born in 1993 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in preparation of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship in Ufa, Russia.
The camp will be held Dec. 11-13 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Of the 37 players invited, six are returning players – Dougie Hamilton (Niagara, OHL), Scott Harrington (London, OHL), Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Niagara, OHL) helped Canada earn a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta. A seventh potential returning player, Ryan Murray (Everett, WHL), is unavailable due to an injury.
In total, 31 of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2011 or 2012 NHL Entry Drafts, including 13 first-round selections and eight second-round picks.
“On behalf of Hockey Canada, we want to congratulate the players named to the camp roster today, along with their club teams, parents and minor hockey coaches that have helped them reach this level,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations/national teams.
“Thanks to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, many of these players have already received the experience necessary to deal with high-paced international competition such as the World Juniors,” said Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence. “The quality and skill of the 37 players invited to camp next week is a testament to the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey systems.”
Prendergast travelled coast to coast during the early months of the 2012/2013 season, assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.
“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, I would like to congratulate all players who have been named to the selection camp roster,” said David Branch, president of the CHL. “This is a tremendous honour, and all have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today.”
There will be one Red-White intrasquad game on Dec. 11, and two games against teams from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) on Dec. 12 and 13. The CIS teams will be comprised of players from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and Mount Royal University.
In lieu of purchasing tickets to attend the game, fans will be asked to present their Club Hockey Canada card or make a donation to either a local food bank (dried goods) or the Hockey Canada Foundation. Practices will be open to the public, free of charge.
Click here for the schedule of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship.
Hockey Canada also announced the 22 players who have been chosen to represent Canada at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, taking place Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 5, 2013 in Heinola and Vierumäki, Finland.
With files from Hockey Canada
Roster Canadian men's U20 national team
Jordan Binnington, Owen Sound (OHL)
Laurent Brossoit, Edmonton (WHL)
Jake Paterson, Saginaw (OHL)
Malcolm Subban, Belleville (OHL)
Frank Corrado, Sudbury (OHL)
Mathew Dumba, Red Deer (WHL)
Dougie Hamilton, Niagara (OHL)
Scott Harrington, London (OHL)
Ryan Murphy, Kitchener (OHL)
Xavier Ouellet, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
Adam Pelech, Erie (OHL)
Derrick Pouliot, Portland (WHL)
Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton (WHL)
Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw (WHL)
Ryan Sproule, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
Tyler Wotherspoon, Portland (WHL)
Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL)
Francis Beauvillier, Rimouski (QMJHL)
Anthony Camara, Barrie (OHL)
Daniel Catenacci, Owen Sound (OHL)
Phillip Danault, Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL)
Tyler Graovac, Ottawa (OHL)
Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John (QMJHL)
Charles Hudon, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Boone Jenner, Oshawa (OHL)
J.C. Lipon, Kamloops (WHL)
Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (LHJMQ)
Mark McNeill, Prince Albert (WHL)
Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oklahoma City (AHL)
Ty Rattie, Portland (WHL)
Brett Ritchie, Niagara (OHL)
Mark Scheifele, Barrie (OHL)
Colton Sissons, Kelowna (WHL)
Ryan Strome, Niagara (OHL)
Tom Wilson, Plymouth (OHL)
Roster Canadian women's U18 national team
Kimberly Newell, Princeton University (ECAC)
Jessica Dodds, London (PWHL)
Sarah Steele, Mississauga (PWHL)
Taryn Baumgardt, Warner School (JWHL)
Catherine Daoust, Saint-Laurent (Collégial AA)
Halli Krzyzaniak, Pursuit of Excellence (Midget AAA)
Alexa Ranahan, Okanagan Hockey Academy (JWHL)
Corie Jacobson, North Bay (LLFHL)
Kristin Gilmour, Oakville (PWHL)
Cassidy Carels, Pembina Valley (MFMHL)
Ashleigh Brykaliuk, Westman (MFMHL)
Geneviève Bannon, Ontario Hockey Academy (Midget AA)
Sydney McKibbon, Stoney Creek (PWHL)
Kristyn Capizzano, Mississauga (PWHL)
Emily Clark, Okanagan Hockey Academy (JWHL)
Hannah Miller, Okanagan Hockey Academy (JWHL)
Sarah Nurse, Stoney Creek (PWHL)
Catherine Dubois, Limoilou (Collégial AA)
Eden Murray, Edge School (JWHL)
Karly Heffernan, Edge School (JWHL)
Hanna Bunton, Whitby (PWHL)
Alexandra Moore, Whitby (PWHL)