CALGARY – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL), announced today the 22 players who will make up Team Canada East at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge in Trail and Nelson, BC from November 5-11, 2007.
The Canada East roster is comprised of players from the CJAHL’s five eastern leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League (OPJHL), Central Junior A Hockey League (CJHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Quebec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL).
“Team Canada East is very proud to unveil its roster today,” says general manager Marty Abrams. “Eastern Canada has a wealth of players that we have paid very close attention to over the past several months. We confidently feel that we have selected the best available players to allow us to compete for the gold medal at this exciting event.”
The roster announced today is the result of extensive scouting done by Abrams, head coach Jerome Dupont (Aurora, OPJHL) and assistant coaches Mark Grady (Cumberland, CJHL) and Troy Ryan (Pictou County, MJAHL).
The roster includes:
Two (2) goaltenders, seven (7) defensemen and 13 forwards
Four (4) players currently leading their teams in scoring (Fournier – Granby, McIntosh – Stouffville, Oakley, Bowmanville, Zych – Georgetown)
Seventeen (17) players from the OPJHL, two (2) players from the MJAHL, one (1) player from the LHJAAAQ, one (1) player from the CJHL, one (1) player from the NOJHL
The 2007 World Junior A Challenge is a six-team international event featuring two Canadian entries (West and East) and national teams from Russia, Germany, Belarus and the USA. The gold medal game will take place on Sunday, November 11 and will be broadcast on TSN, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada (check your local listings).
Ticket packages are available by filling out the order form, or by calling 1-250-364-0808. Ticket packages include one gold medal game ticket, one bronze medal game ticket, one consolation round game ticket, two qualifying round game tickets and three round-robin game tickets. Packages are available for adult ($99), senior ($89) and youth ($79). Youth packages also include one ‘Skate with Team Canada’ ticket. Additional tickets can be added to each package.