Among the 22 players named, nine are members of Clubs in the Western Hockey League including Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans), Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets), Kayle Doetzel (Red Deer Rebels), Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders), Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds), Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats, Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings), Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks) and Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice).
Canada has won the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament four consecutive years, and has won 17 of 21 summer under-18 tournaments since 1991. It will play in Group B in Piestany with Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland. Group A, which consists of Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and the United States, will play out of Breclav.
Canada will face Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game in Piestany on Saturday, Aug. 11 before opening the tournament against Switzerland on Monday, Aug. 13. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 17, with the gold medal game scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18.