CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, announced on Friday that forty-four of Canada’s top players under the age of 18 (born in 1989 or later) have been invited to attend Canada’s 2006 National Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp from July 28- in Calgary, AB. These players will all be vying for one of twenty-two spots on Canada’s 2006 National Summer Under-18 Team which will take part in the Under-18 Junior World Cup from August 8-12, in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The National Summer Under-18 Selection Camp will be under the direction of Head Coach Cory Clouston (Viking, AB/ Kootenay, WHL) and assistant coaches Dave Hunchak (Warman, SK/Swift Current, WHL) and Jeff Truitt (Rosetown, SK/ Kelowna, WHL), who will select the final roster on August 2nd, prior to Team Canada departing for Europe on August 3rd.
Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team is one of two Under-18 Teams that Hockey Canada operates on an annual basis. In April, Canada’s World Championship Under-18 Team, comprised of players and staff members not involved in their respective league playoffs, will attend the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
The National Under-18 Program is a significant part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which consists of:
1. The Regional/Provincial Under-17 Teams (that take part in either the World Under-17 Challenge or the Canada Winter Games)
2. The National Under-18 Program (Summer Under-18 Team, World Championship Team)
3. Canada’s National Junior Team
The Program of Excellence also allows Hockey Canada to identify, evaluate and develop young hockey players to represent Canada on the international stage at events such as World Championships and the Olympics.
The fourty-four players invited to the July 2006 National Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp were identified, evaluated and selected based on evaluation reports conducted during the 2005-06 season by Regional Under-17 team coaching staffs, performances on Under-17 and Under-18 teams at 2005-06 events, with input from the coaches on Canada’s 2006-07 National Junior and National Under-18 teams and a network of Canadian Hockey League contacts as identified by the National Junior Team Policy Committee.
National Summer Under-18 Team Information
Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Experience
*Sceviour was named to Team Pacific for the 2006 World Under-17 Challenge but did not attend due to injury
NHL Draft breakdown
All forty-four players named on Thursday are products of Canada’s minor hockey system and come from nine (9) of Hockey Canada’s 13 Provincial and Regional Branches:
For more information on Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence and the National Under-18 Program, visit Hockey Canada’s official website www.hockeycanada.ca.