CALGARY, ALBERTA -- Canada's National Junior Team and Canada's National Under-18 Team will hold their camps at the Beatrice Ice Gardens on the York University Campus in Toronto, ON from August 3-10, 1999 and from August 9-13, 1999 respectively, the Canadian Hockey Association announced on Wednesday.
Coaches and players for both teams will be announced in early June.
"We're very pleased to be returning to Beatrice Ice Gardens this summer with our National Junior Team camp and our Under 18 camp," said Denis Hainault, Director, High Performance for the Canadian Hockey Association. "It's a terrific facility that has served as a fantastic host in the past."
Candidates for Canada's National Junior Team will assemble in Toronto, ON on August 3rd, 1999 and will participate in practice sessions and intra-squad games to evaluate some 40 aspirants for the National Junior Team. The players will be selected by the Director of Scouting for the CHA, Barry Trapp.
Following the one-week camp, Trapp will continue to evaluate the play of these and other players during the 1999-2000 hockey season and invite 30 players to the National Junior Team selection camp which will take place just prior to the World Junior Hockey Championship in Sweden from to .
Canada has won the World Junior Championship a record 10 times in the history of the tournament, including seven of the last ten gold medals. Team Canada won an unprecedented five straight World Junior titles from 1993-97 and won the silver medal last year in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
On August 9th, the 22 players selected for Canada's National Under 18 Team will begin their training camp at the Beatrice Ice Gardens.
The Under 18 Team's camp will finish on August 13th. The team will immediately leave for Europe and for three exhibition games in Slovakia followed by an international tournament in the Czech Republic from August 19-23, 1999 featuring Slovakia, Russia, the Czech Republic and Canada.
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