CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with with the Canadian Hockey League, will host Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp from August 1-4 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.
Head coach Bob Boughner (Windsor, Ont./Windsor, OHL), along with assistant coaches Chris Depiero (King City, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and Mark Holick (Penticton, B.C./Kootenay, WHL), will lead the red and white teams through on-ice practices and three Red-White games. At the conclusion of camp, the coaching staff, along with head scout Al Murray, will select a roster of 22 players to represent Canada at the 2009 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka from August 11-15 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The final roster will be named the evening of August 4, and the team will depart for Europe the morning of August 5.
Hockey Canada and the CHL also announced one roster change, as goaltender J.P. Anderson (Toronto, Ont./Mississauga, OHL) will not be available for the camp due to an injury. Tyler Bunz (St. Albert, Alta./ Medicine Hat, WHL) will take his place and be at camp on August 1.
All on-ice sessions will be at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary and open to the public free of charge.Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team is one of two under-18 teams that Hockey Canada assembles during each season. A second men’s under-18 team will take part in the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Belarus in April 2010, and will be comprised of available players not involved in playoffs with their respective teams.
The under-18 program, along with the regional under-17 program and the national under-20 program, make up Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which identifies, evaluates and develops players for international competitions.