CALGARY, AB - The CHA's Director, Scouting Barry Trapp, Canada's National Under 18 Team Head Coach Mike Pelino in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League announced the 22 players that will represent Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship from April 11-21, in Slovakia.
Canada's 2002 World Championship Under 18 Team is comprised of players under 18 years old (born in 1984) whose teams are not playing in either the CHL, Junior A or collegiate playoffs. Seventeen of the 22 players named to Canada's Under 18 Team are eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft to be held in Toronto in June, 2002. All 22 players come from the Canadian Hockey League, including 9 from the Western Hockey League, 7 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 6 from the Ontario Hockey League.
« Canadian hockey has had a great start to 2002 with gold medals for the men's and women's teams at the Winter Olympics and a silver medal at the World Juniors," said Pelino. "Canada's Under 18 Team hopes to make the whole country proud once again at the World Championship."
Canada will be taking part in the IIHF World Under 18 Championship for the first time ever in 2002. The
IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship mars the second event of the season for Canada's National Under 18
Program. In August, 2001, Canada's National Under 18 Summer Team won a gold medal at the 2001 Six Nations
Under 18 Cup in the Czech Republic.
The 2002 IIHF World Under 18 Championship in Slovakia will feature 12 teams. Russia captured the 2001 Championship on in Finland, by defeating Switzerland in the final.
Canada's Under 18 Team will be led by Head Coach Mike Pelino, and assistant coaches Richard Liboiron (Moncton, QMJHL) and Bob Lowes (Regina, WHL).
Player evaluation and selection was overseen by the CHA's Director of Scouting, Barry Trapp. Trapp worked in consultation with an advisory board made up of six CHL general managers: Sherry Bassin (Erie), Raymond Bolduc (Québec), Ken Hodge (Portland), Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon), Serge Savard (Montreal) and Jeff Twohey (Peterborough), three regional scouts, Jim Currie (West), Jim Cassidy (Ontario) and Serge Aubry (Quebec) and the coaching staff.
Team Schedule (All times local)
April 6th 10 - 11am Team Canada players and staff to watch Toronto Maple Leafs 10:30am practice Air Canada
April 6th 5:35pm Flight AC 872 to Frankfurt Pearson Airport - Terminal 3
April 7 -10 Pre-competition camp Bratislava, Slovakia
April 9th 5pm Canada vs. Slovakia U19 Bratislava, Slovakia
April 11-22 2002 IIHF World Under 18 Championship Piestany, Slovakia