CALGARY – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Wednesday its roster of 26 junior aged players (born in 1988 or later) that will represent Canada at the Canada/Russia Super Series. The Canada/Russia Super Series, a one-time eight-game series featuring the best Under-20 players from Canada and Russia, will take place from August 27th to September 9th, with the first four games to be held in Russia, and the final four to be held in Canadian cities (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer and Vancouver).
Canada’s 26-player roster will gather in Toronto on August 20th before traveling to Russia for the first four games which begin on August 27th, and then returning to their club teams and/or NHL training camps upon conclusion of the final game of the series on September 9th. The Canada/Russia Super Series will also serve to evaluate and develop Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship.
With the advent of the Canada/Russia Super Series, Hockey Canada will NOT host the annual National Junior Team summer development camp this year (the summer camp usually runs in Calgary in early August);
Canada’s 26 player roster consists of three (3) goaltenders, eight (8) defencemen and 15 forwards.
The 26 players named to the roster were selected by Hockey Canada’s head scout Jim Hammett, in consultation with Canada’s Super Series coaching staff led by Head Coach Brent Sutter and Canada’s 2008 National Junior Team coaching staff led by Head Coach Craig Hartsburg. Hammett followed and evaluated Canadian players over the 2006-07 season with their club teams, Canada’s National Junior and National Under-18 teams as well as at the CHL Canada/Russia Challenge.
Brent Sutter (Red Deer, WHL) will coach Canada at the Canada/Russia Super Series, with the first game of the eight-game series starting in Russia on August 27th and finishing with the eighth and final game in Canada on September 9th. Peter DeBoer (Kitchener, OHL) and Benoit Groulx (Gatineau, QMJHL) will join Sutter behind the Canadian bench as assistant coaches.
Craig Hartsburg (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), the head coach of Canada’s 2008 National Junior Team this December, will be actively involved in the preparation and evaluation of Canada’s team for the Super Series, working closely with Sutter and his staff, along with head scout Jim Hammett.
“I am very excited about the group of players that we have assembled for the upcoming Super Series,” said Head Scout Jim Hammett. “This evaluation and selection process made it clear to me that Hockey Canada’s branches and Hockey Canada’s partner, the CHL, continue to do tremendous work in developing hockey talent across Canada.”
“As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to getting this group together in August and representing Canada proudly at this event,” said Team Canada Super Series Head Coach Brent Sutter. “These players will be taking part in hockey history this fall in this very unique international hockey event.”
Canada at the Super Series – Overview
• All players and staff will convene in Toronto, ON on August 20thand the Super Series will come to an end the evening of September 9th;
• Team Canada will be departing for Russia on August 21st;
• Canada will hold a pre-competition camp in Moscow from August 22th to 26th;
• Games #1 and #2 vs. Russia will take place in Ufa, Russia on August 27th and 29th;
• Games #3 and #4 vs. Russia will take place in Omsk, Russia on August 31st and September 1st;
• Team Canada will return to Canada on September 2nd for Games no. 5 through 8
- Game #5: Canada vs. Russia in Winnipeg, MB on September 4th
- Game #6: Canada vs. Russia in Saskatoon, SK on September 5th
- Game #7: Canada vs. Russia in Red Deer, AB on September 7th
o Game #8: Canada vs. Russia in Vancouver, BC on September 9th
• Players and staff will be returning to their club teams and/or report to NHL training camps on September 10th
• Ticket information for all four Canadian games will be announced prior to July 15th
Canada’s roster for the Canada/Russia Super Series includes:
• Four (4) players who won gold with Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship (Alzner, Gagner, Irving, Marchand), defeating Russia 4-2 in the gold medal game on ;
• Eighteen (18) players with Under-18 program experience (17 with the Summer Under-18 program, 10 with at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship);
• Ten (10) players that have taken part in the World Under-17 Challenge;
• Twenty-five (25) players from the Canadian Hockey League;
o Thirteen (13) players from the WHL
o Seven (7) players from the OHL
o Five (5) players from the QMJHL
• One (1) player from the CJAHL (BCHL);
• All 26 players were developed by Hockey Canada’s branches and minor hockey system
o 6 players from the Ontario Hockey Federation
o 6 players from BC Hockey
o 6 players from Hockey Alberta
o 3 players from Hockey Quebec
o 2 players from the Ottawa District Hockey Association
o 2 players from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association
o 1 player from Hockey Nova Scotia