CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL), announced today the 22-man roster for TEAM CANADA EAST at the inaugural World Junior A Challenge in Yorkton and Humboldt, SK from November 6-12, 2006. The roster for TEAM CANADA WEST was announced yesterday, October 11.
The roster is made up of players from the CJAHL’s five Eastern leagues: Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, Central Junior A Hockey League, Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Quebec, and Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
The World Junior A Challenge is a six-team international event featuring the best Under-20 players in Junior A hockey in Canada, as well as national teams from Russia, Belarus, Slovakia and Germany. The gold medal game will be played in Yorkton on Sunday, November 12, and will be broadcast on TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.
“I am very proud to announce the complete roster for Team Canada East today,” said Paul Currie, director of operations. “Our staff has paid very close attention to the Junior A players that we have out here in Eastern Canada. We have tremendous confidence that we have selected the best available players to allow us to compete for the gold medal at this exciting new tournament.”
“On behalf of my coaching staff, I am very pleased when I look at the roster of players that I will have an opportunity to coach,” said Jerome Dupont, head coach. “The selection process of narrowing down to 22 players is difficult when you look at the available talent and the number of teams we have out East. However, we feel our choice of players will best represent our team in the 2006 World Junior A Challenge, and give us a tremendous opportunity to win gold at the event.”
The roster announced today is the result of heavy scouting done by Currie and Dupont, along with Team Canada East assistant coaches Troy Ryan and Marty Abrams.
The roster includes:
Two (2) goaltenders, seven (7) defensemen and 13 forwards
Four (4) players currently leading their teams in scoring
(Lavigne –Sudbury, Kostuch –Markham, Freeman –Bowmanville, Caporusso –St. Michael’s)
Two (2) players currently leading their league in scoring
(Lavigne –NOJHL, Freeman –OPJHL)
One (1) goaltender currently leading their league in GAA (Greenham -CJHL)
15 players from the OPJHL, three (6) from the LHJAAAQ, two (2) from the CJHL, one (1) from the MJAHL and one (1) from the NOJHL
One (1) former RBC Financial Group Canadian Junior A Player of the Year (Knox -2005-06)