CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, announced Wednesday the 60 players that will attend the Canada East evaluation camp in preparation for the 2011 World Junior A Challenge.
The evaluation camp, scheduled for September 18-22, will be held at the Sensplex in Kanata, Ont. The 60 players will be divided into three teams – Black, Red and White – and will play a series of intersquad games, in addition to daily practices.
The Canada East roster is comprised of players from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Junior Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime Hockey League (MHL).
The evaluation camp roster was selected by Canada East head coach Curtis Hodgins (Courtice, Ont./Whitby, OJHL), along with assistant coaches Jason Nobili (Bolton, Ont./Toronto, OJHL) and Greg Walters (Toronto, Ont./Georgetown, OJHL).
“This is a tremendous group of talented players we’ve invited to camp, and we’re looking forward to getting on the ice,” said Hodgins. “As a coaching staff, we’re excited to get to Kanata and get to work building on last year’s silver medal performance.”
Canada East’s evaluation camp roster includes:
six goaltenders, 18 defencemen and 36 forwards
26 players from the OJHL, 20 players from the CCHL, six players from the LHJAAAQ, four players from the MHL and four players from the NOJHL.
five players returning from the 2010 World Junior A Challenge (Baun, Hampton, Tylor Spink, Tyson Spink,
two players who participated in the 2011 RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship (Pembroke – King; Wellington - Murphy)
All practices at the Canada East evaluation camp are free to attend. Tickets to the three intersquad games are available for just $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased in person at Sensplex.
Canada East will play in Group B at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, joined by the Czech Republic and Russia, while Canada West, Sweden and the United States will comprise Group A. Round-robin play will run until Wednesday, November 9, with both semifinals taking place Friday, November 11. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, November 13 (check your local listings). All preliminary round games, quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live via webcast through FASTHockey at hockeycanada.fasthockey.com.
Full-tournament 15-game ticket packages are now on sale, including tickets to all 13 games at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, both CJHL Prospects Games and a free souvenir tournament program, for only $150. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.
Single-game ticket information will be announced closer to the start of the 2011 World Junior A Challenge.
Canada West has appeared in four of the five gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenges, winning gold in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., and 2007 in Trail, B.C., before settling for silver in 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and 2009 in Summerside, P.E.I. It finished fourth last year in Penticton, B.C.