CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, along with the Canadian Hockey League, the Hockey Canada Foundation and the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship host committee, is hosting a reunion of Canada’s National Junior Team alumni through Jan., celebrating and commemorating the 30th year anniversary of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence.
The Hockey Canada Foundation has organized three National Junior Team reunions at past IIHF World Junior Championships, the 19 teams in 2006, the 1988 team in 2009 and the 19 teams in 2010. This marks the first time that representatives from all teams dating back to the founding of the Program of Excellence have been part of a reunion.
All former players and coaches were invited, along with a number of builders who had an impact on the program. The reunion will be highlighted by a participation in an IIHF World Junior Championship celebration at Olympic Plaza on New Year’s Day, a sponsors brunch, a meet and greet with the 2012 National Junior Team, appearances at the Molson Hockey House and a presentation during Canada’s semi-final game on Jan..
NOTE TO MEDIA – Approximately twenty Team Canada alumni will be present and available for media interviews at the World Junior Championship celebration at the Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary on Jan. 1, between 11 am-2 pm MT.
NOTE TO MEDIA: Direct all media requests for alumni via e-mail to Chris Bright, executive director of the Hockey Canada Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org). Requests for interviews will be accommodated as best as possible, schedule permitting.
NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM REUNION CONFIRMED ATTENDEES
1982 – Garth Butcher, Frank Caprice, Moe Lemay, Mike Moller, Todd Strueby, Carey Wilson, Georges Larivière (coach)
1983 – Gord Sherven, Pat Verbeek, Doug Sauter (coach)
1984 – Russ Courtnall, Dan Hodgson, Brian Kilrea (coach), Georges Larivière (coach)
1985 – Norm Foster, Dan Hodgson
1986 – Dave Moylan, Luc Robitaille
1987 – Pat Elynuik, Theoren Fleury, Greg Hawgood, David Latta, Steve Nemeth, Stéphane Roy
1988 – Dan Currie, Theoren Fleury, Greg Hawgood, Sheldon Kennedy, Scott McCrady
1989 - Rob Cimetta, Corey Foster, Martin Gélinas, Sheldon Kennedy, Darcy Loewen, Rob Murphy, Darrin Shannon, Tom Webster (coach)
1990 – Dave Chyzowski, Trevor Kidd, Steven Rice
1991 – Trevor Kidd, Steven Rice
1992 – Trevor Kidd, Steve Junker, Tyler Wright
1993 – Jeff Shantz, Brent Tully, Dave Siciliano (coach), Jos Canale (coach)
1994 – Chris Armstrong, Jason Botterill, Todd Harvey, Brent Tully, Jos Canale (coach)
1995 - Jason Botterill, Todd Harvey, Marty Murray
1996 – Jason Botterill, Curtis Brown, Jason Podollan, Rhett Warrener, Terry Bangen (coach), Marcel Comeau (coach), Blair MacKasey (coach)
1997 – Jason Doig, Hugh Hamilton, Brad Isbister, Cameron Mann
1998 – Zenith Komarniski, Daniel Tkaczuk
1999 – Daniel Tkaczuk
2000 – Kyle Rossiter
1999, 2001, 2002 – Stan Butler (coach)
2003, 2004 – Mario Durocher (coach)
2006 – Dan Bertram
2008, 2009 – Curtis Hunt (coach)
Scouts: Frank Bonello, Sheldon Ferguson, James Gregory, Jim Hammett, Blair MacKasey, Ray Payne, Barry Trapp
Builders/Management: Sherry Bassin, Murray Costello, Denis Hainault, Ryan Jankowski, Ron Pyette, Bob Strumm, George Ward
The alumni list does not include Hockey Canada staff and 2012 National Junior Team staff, such as head coach Don Hay and assistant coaches George Burnett and Ryan Huska, who will attend certain activities, schedule permitting.