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Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team Roster Announced
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August 6, 2012
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TORONTO, Ont. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Monday the 22 players who will play for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, Aug. 13-18 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

The roster was finalized Monday following Hockey Canada’s four-day selection camp at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto. The camp included daily practices and three Red-White intrasquad games.

Canada’s roster is made up of 13 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders. Head coach Todd Gill (Cardinal, Ont./Kingston, OHL), assembled the roster with support from assistant coaches Yanick Jean (Alma, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) and Scott Walker (Cambridge, Ont./Guelph, OHL), Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout for the men’s Program of Excellence, and Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations/national teams.

“It was a very competitive camp, we could of easily chosen all these players to play in the tournament,” said Gill. “There is a lot of talent on the ice in this country, and we look forward to getting to Europe and continuing Canada’s great tradition at this event.”

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’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team breakdown

Two goaltenders, seven defencemen, 13 forwards

22 players from the Canadian Hockey League

Nine players from the Western Hockey League

Seven players from the Ontario Hockey League

Six players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

21 players with experience in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence

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.There will be no TV or radio coverage of the event. Hockey Canada’s official website, www.hockeycanada.ca, is the place to find complete coverage of Canada at the tournament.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team and Hockey Canada, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_teamcanada.


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
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Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
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Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
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Hockey Canada
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