CALGARY, ALBERTA - Forty of Canada's top junior hockey players have been invited to Canada's National Junior Team's Evaluation Camp in August, 2000, the Canadian Hockey Association announced on Wednesday.
The players were selected by the CHA's Director of Scouting, Barry Trapp who saw over 180 hockey games last season in every area of Canada, evaluating players for the National Junior Team Program as well as the National Under 18 Program.
The camp roster includes eight players that claimed bronze medals with Canada's National Junior Team at the 2000 World Junior Hockey Championship: Maxime Ouellet, R-N (QMJHL), Jay Bouwmeester, MH (WHL), Barret Jackman, REG (WHL), Steve McCarthy, KOO (WHL), Dany Heatley, WISC (WCHA), Jamie Lundmark, MJ (WHL), Brandon Reid, VD (QMJHL) and Jason Spezza, MISS (OHL)
A ninth player, goaltender Brian Finley, of the OHL's Barrie Colts has already been part of the National Junior Team Program for two years and will not attend the 2000 Evaluation Camp due to other commitments.
The National Junior Team Evaluation Camp roster also includes:
9 members of the 1999 National Under 18 Team which won gold at the 1999 Under 18 Four Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic: T. Bell, Boyes, Cammalleri, Hartnell, Harrison, Leclaire, Popovic, Schultz, and Stoll.
12 members of the 1998 National Under 18 Team which also won gold at the 1998 Under 18 Four Nations Tournament in Slovakia: Beech, Foster, Jackman, Lupaschuk, Lundmark, MacKenzie, McCarthy, Morisset, Ouellet, Pyatt, Reynolds and Zigomanis
18 players drafted by NHL teams: Auld (FLA), Ouellet (PHA), Jackman (STL), Lupaschuk (WAS), McCarthy (CHI), Reynolds (TOR), Sellars (ATL), Van Hoof (PIT), Beech (WAS), Cox (DAL), Jaspers (PHO), Krestanovich (COL), Lundmark (NYR), MacKenzie (ATL), Mapletoft (NYI), Pyatt (NYI), Thinel (MTL) and Zigomanis (BUF)
15 players eligible for this month's 2000 NHL Entry Draft in Calgary, AB: T. Bell, Boyes, Cammalleri, Foster, Hartnell, Heatley, Krahn, Morisset, Reid, Schultz, N. Smith, T. Smith, Stoll, Torres and Williams
6 players eligible for the 2001 NHL Entry Draft: Hamhuis, Harrison, Kobasew, Leclaire, Popovic and Spezza
The team will get together from August 3-10 for a one-week evaluation camp in Calgary, AB with Head Coach Stan Butler of the OHL's Brampton Battalion and assistants Mike Kelly of the OHL's North Bay Centennials and Kevin Dickie of the CIAU's University of Acadia Axemen.