CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, announced Wednesday the 66 players that will attend the Canada East selection camp in preparation for the 2013 World Junior A Challenge.
The selection camp, scheduled for Oct. 27-30, will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ont. The 66 players will be divided into four teams – Black, Gold, Red and White – and will play six intrasquad games, in addition to daily practices.
Players named to the Canada East selection camp roster were selected from the CJHL’s five eastern Junior A leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime Hockey League (MHL).
The selection camp roster was chosen by Canada East head coach Ian MacInnis (Cornwall, CCHL), along with assistant coaches Mario Cicchillo (Toronto, OJHL), Peter Goulet (Nepean, CCHL) and Marc Lafleur (Kirkland Lake, NOJHL) and team manager Derek Blais (Hockey Canada).
“The talent level in Canada’s five eastern Junior A leagues continues to rise, and it has made for some tough choices when putting together this camp roster,” MacInnis said. “We could not be more excited about the 66 players coming to Oakville, and we’re confident they’ll battle hard for the chance to represent their country and wear the Team Canada jersey in Yarmouth.”
“The coaching staff, camp selection committee, and Hockey Canada's hockey operations staff have all worked extremely hard to identify and evaluate the best candidates across Eastern Canada that will give Canada East an opportunity to compete for gold in Yarmouth,” said CJHL president Kirk Lamb. “This group of players represents some of the game’s top prospects, not just at the Junior A level, but in junior hockey across Canada.”
The Canada East selection camp roster includes:
The 2013 World Junior A Challenge will be held Nov. 4-10 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, N.S. Canada East will play in Group A, joined by Russia and the United States, while Canada West, the Czech Republic and Switzerland will comprise Group B.
Preliminary round play will run until Wednesday, Nov. 6, with both semifinals taking place Friday, Nov. 8. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Sunday, Nov. 10 (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.
Fans can now purchase a three-game ticket package that includes both of Canada East’s preliminary round games, against Russia on Nov. 4 and the U.S. on Nov. 6, as well as the gold medal game on Nov. 10, for $99 (plus applicable fees). Full-tournament packages, including all 12 games at the Mariners Centre, are available for $199 (plus applicable fees). For more information on tickets, including how to purchase, CLICK HERE.
Canada East has appeared in four of the seven gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenges, taking silver in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., 2007 in Trail, B.C., 2010 in Penticton, B.C., and 2011 in Langley, B.C. It won bronze in 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and finished fourth in 2009 in Summerside, P.E.I., and last year.
The Canada West selection camp roster will be announced later this week.