CALGARY, AB - The Canadian Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League named 34 players to attend Canada's National Junior Team's Selection Camp from December 13-18 at the Beatrice Ice Gardens in North York, ON, the CHA and www.canadianhockey.ca announced Monday.
These 34 players will compete at the selection camp with the goal of being chosen on the final roster of 22 that will participate for Canada at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship in Russia, December 26-.
"I'm extremely pleased with the quality of individuals we've assembled this year," said Barry Trapp, Director, Scouting with the Canadian Hockey Association. "We have a very balanced group with a combination of talent, experience and speed."
In the 1990's, Canada captured seven gold medals, with a record five gold medals in a row from 1993-1997, and one silver medal in 1999. Canada won a bronze medal at last year's 2000 WJC in Sweden.
Following the summer evaluation camp in August, 2000, Trapp traveled throughout Canada and the United States, scouting and evaluating the top Canadian players under 20 years of age. He was assisted by regional scouts Serge Aubry (QMJHL), Jim Cassidy (OHL) and Jim Currie (WHL).
Thirty-one of the thirty-four players are from the Canadian Hockey League, Canada's premier junior hockey league. The selection camp roster breaks down as follows:
16 from the Ontario Hockey League
10 players from the Western Hockey League
5 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
3 players who are currently playing in the U.S. College ranks.
Eight players (Bouwmeester, Finley, Heatley, Jackman, Lundmark, Ouellet, Reid, Spezza) are returning players , having captured bronze with Canada at the 2000 World Junior Hockey Championship. Eighteen of the players previously represented Canada as members of the Canada's National Under 18 team program (Beech, Boyes, Cammalleri, Finley, Foster, Harrison, Jackman, Leclaire, Lundmark, MacKenzie, Morisset, Ouellet, Popovic, Schultz, Stoll, Weiss, Zigomanis, Zion). Twenty-one of the 34 players also have been involved in Canada's Under 17 Program.
"The CHL is very proud of its ties to the National Junior Team program," said Dave Branch, President of the Canadian Hockey League. "We're also very proud of the 31 young men from our three leagues that have been invited to attended this year's selection camp, and of the three coaches and two members of the support staff who also are from the Canadian Hockey League."
"The Canadian Hockey League does a tremendous job developing young hockey players," said Bob Nicholson, President of the Canadian Hockey Association. "The players that have been invited are outstanding individuals that will be terrific representatives of Canada."
The selection camp will take place December 13-18th in North York, ON, at the Beatrice Ice. The players will train and compete under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Stan Butler (Brampton, OHL), assistant coaches Kevin Dickie (Saskatoon, WHL) and Mike Kelly (North Bay, OHL), as well as Director of Scouting, Barry Trapp.
Former NHL goaltender Andy Moog will also be on hand at the selection camp to assist the staff in the evaluation and preparation of the goaltenders. The veteran of 18 NHL seasons currently serves as a Goaltending Consultant with the NHL's Vancouver Canucks.
All practices during the selection camp will be open to the public. Canada will play two intrasquad games on December 14 and 15, and two pre-competition games against the OUA All-Stars, December 16 and 17, with all games starting at 5:30 pm ET. For tickets to these two pre-competition games or the Red/White games, contact the Beatrice Ice Gardens at 416-661-5900, ext. 278 or purchase them at the door.
"I look forward to the beginning of camp," said Butler. "There will be some great competition at every position and as a coaching staff, we look forward to the challenge of assembling the best possible National Junior Team as we look to bring gold back to Canada."
Any selection camp roster additions must be made prior to the start of the selection camp (), as per the CHA's National Junior Team policy.
The official web site of Team Canada at the World Junior Championship iswww.canadianhockey.ca.www.canadianhockey.ca will have the most up to date information on the WJHC from Russia, including a daily journal, behind the scene photos, contests, player profiles, and much more. Check outwww.canadianhockey.ca for the latest information on Canada's team at the World Junior Championship.