Hockey Canada announced the names of the 32 players invited to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp at a press conference this morning, of which 12 currently play in the Western Hockey League
The Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips, Kelowna Rockets and Regina Pats will each send two players to the selection camp.
|WHL Invitees – Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp|
|Goaltenders||H||W||DOB||Hometown||WHL Club||NHL Draft|
|Carter Hart||6'2"||180||8/13/1998||Sherwood Park, AB||Everett Silvertips||PHI '16 (2,48)|
|Connor Ingram||6'1"||202||3/31/1997||Imperial, SK||Kamloops Blazers||TB '16 (3,88)|
|Jake Bean||6'1"||170||6/9/1998||Calgary, AB||Calgary Hitmen||CAR '16 (1,13|
|Kale Clague||6'0"||177||6/5/1998||Lloydminster, AB||Brandon Wheat Kings||LA '16 (2,51)|
|Noah Juulsen||6’2”||185||4/2/1997||Abbotsford, BC||Everett Silvertips||MTL ’15 (1, 26)|
|Mathew Barzal||6’0”||187||5/26/1997||Coquitlam, BC||Seattle Thunderbirds||NYI ’15 (1, 16)|
|Dillon Dube||5'10"||180||7/20/1998||Cochrane, AB||Kelowna Rockets||CGY '16 (2,56)|
|Brett Howden||6'3"||190||3/29/1998||Oakbank, MB||Moose Jaw Warriors||TB '16 (1,27)|
|Nick Merkley||5'10"||185||5/23/1997||Calgary, AB||Kelowna Rockets||ARI ’15 (1, 30)|
|Nolan Patrick||6'3"||195||9/19/1998||Winnipeg, MB||Brandon Wheat Kings||Eligible 2017|
|Sam Steel||6'0"||180||2/3/1998||Sherwood Park, AB||Regina Pats||ANA '16 (1,30)|
|Austin Wagner||6'3"||185||6/23/1997||Calgary, AB||Regina Pats||LA '15 (4,99)|
In total, Hockey Canada named 19 forwards, 10 defencemen and three goaltenders to its National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp roster, moving one step closer to the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be hosted by Toronto and Montreal beginning December 26.
Last year, 10 WHL players earned invites to Team Canada’s selection camp, while 14 attended in 2014.
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will run from December 10-14 at the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau in Blainville, Que., home of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. The selection camp will also include three games: two against the USport All-Stars on December 12 and 13, with one final game against the Czech Republic on December 14.
Following the four-day selection camp, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada and don the Maple Leaf on home ice for the first time since 2015 when Canada won gold in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre. This year, gold will be won in Montreal.
In addition to the 12 WHL players that will attend selection camp, the WHL will be represented on the staff of Team Canada once again this year. Tim Hunter (Moose Jaw Warriors) will serve as an assistant coach while Brian Cheeseman (Edmonton Oil Kings) will serve as an athletic therapist for the second consecutive year for Team Canada.