CALGARY, ALBERTA - Hockey Canada, in conjunction with the Canadian Hockey League, announced on Monday that
Dave Cameron, Head Coach of the OHL's St. Michael’s Majors will be the Head Coach of Canada's National
Under-18 Summer Team for the Junior World Cup in Piestany, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic, August
Cameron, 45, a NCCP Intermediate level certified coach, has been the Director of Hockey Operations and
Head Coach with the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors for the past four seasons. The native of Kinkora, PEI
has led the Majors to the Eastern Conference Finals four consecutive seasons and has already established
himself with the most wins in the franchise’s modern era history (145 career victories).
" I am very excited and proud about being named today, and the opportunity for our team to compete at the
Junior World Cup in August," said Cameron. "I was fortunate enough to experience the honour of representing
Canada last year as an assistant coach at this event, and I am looking forward to building a team of the best
Canadian Under-18 players."
Hockey Canada and the CHL also announced the appointment of Cameron's assistant coaches with the 2004
National Under-18 Team:
- Shawn Camp, Head Coach of the OHL's Guelph Storm
- Benoit Groulx, Head Coach of the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques
The appointments were announced following a thorough screening process carried out by Hockey Canada’s
Program of Excellence Policy Committee, which is made up of Bob Nicholson, President of Hockey Canada, Dave
Branch, President of the Canadian Hockey League and Commissioner of the OHL, Gilles Courteau, the QMJHL
Commissioner and WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. Hockey Canada was also represented by Ken Corbett, vice-chair
at large on the Hockey Canada Board and Denis Hainault, Director, High Performance.
Canada will participate in two major international Under-18 events in 2004-2005 – one in August and
another in April. Cameron, Groulx and Camp have been named to coach the National Under-18 Summer Team. Canada
has participated in an August Under-18 Tournament in Europe since 1997, capturing gold at six of the seven
events, placing fourth last year. The coaching staff for the 2005 World Under-18 Team in April, 2005 has not
yet been named.
Camp, 43, a NCCP Advanced I level certified coach, has been the Head Coach of the Guelph Storm since 2003.
Shawn has coached in three Memorial Cups, 1997, 20, including winning it in 1997 as an Assistant
Coach with Hull of the QMJHL. He has participated in the Program of Excellence as an Assistant Coach at the
2002 World Under-17 Tournament, and was named Coach of the Year in 1999 as Head Coach of Hawkesbury in Junior
Groulx, 36, a NCCP Advanced l level certified coach, has been the Head Coach of the Gatineau Olympiques
since 2001-2002. Benoit guided his team to the Presidents Cup in 2002-03, and won the QMJHL. He has led his
team to the Memorial Cup Finals each of the past two seasons.
Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League also announced Team Canada’s Under-18 support staff:
- Tom Frater (Belleville Bulls, OHL), Equipment Manager
- Etienne Fallu (Acadie-Bathurst Titans), Therapist
- Donald Plouffe (Gatineau Olympiques), Team Doctor
- Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Brandon Wheat Kings) Video Coach
In June, Hockey Canada’s Head Scout Blair Mackasey and the coaching staff will name a list of players that
will be invited to attend Canada’s National Under-18 Development Camp, taking place in Calgary, AB, August
1-7, 2004 (dates TBD).
The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is designed to prepare coaches from communities to
national teams to develop athletic potential. The three coaches selected are examples of individuals who have
dedicated time in their coaching development to Coach Certification, leveraging their knowledge to work with
Canada's National Teams at an international level.