The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship doesn’t get underway for another 184 days, but the tournament is already on the mind of at least 41 Canadian players. Hockey Canada has invited four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 25 forwards to its summer development camp, to be held in Brossard, Montreal and Sherbrooke, Que., from Aug. 3-8.
With sports being ever more defined by numbers, HockeyCanada.ca offers up a few of its own on the players hoping to be one of the 22 representing Canada come Boxing Day.
11 – players returning from last year’s National Junior Team, which finished fourth in Malmo, Sweden.
15 – players who attended last year’s summer development camp in Brossard, Que. The team, minus Jonathan Drouin, spent the second half of its camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., where it defeated Finland and Sweden and lost to the United States in a series of exhibition games.
40 – invitees who have been drafted into the NHL, with 22 of them being first-round picks. Connor McDavid is eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
3 – invitees who may one day line up together for the Winnipeg Jets – Eric Comrie, Josh Morrissey and Nic Petan were all drafted by the Jets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Ottawa Senators also have three players (Curtis Lazar, Ben Harpur and Nick Paul) spending their first week of August in Quebec.
17 – players who captured gold for Canada at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Chris Bigras and Nick Baptiste set up Frédérik Gauthier for the game-winning goal in Canada’s 3-2 gold medal game victory over the United States. Connor McDavid was named tournament MVP, tallying eight goals and six assists in seven games.
7 – players who brought home bronze from the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Haydn Fleury was named the tournament’s top defenceman, and Travis Sanheim and Jake Virtanen led Canada with six points apiece.
17 – players who won gold for Canada at the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. Curtis Lazar scored in Canada’s 4-0 win over Finland in the final. Zachary Fucale stopped 23 shots for the shutout.
9 – players who captured gold for Canada at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. Michael Dal Colle had the game-winner in Canada’s 4-0 victory over the United States.
31 – invitees who have played at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, including three who have been there twice: Aaron Ekblad (Ontario, 2012 and 2013); and Anthony Duclair and Jérémy Gregoire (Quebec, 2011 and 2012).
7 – invitees who won a medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Max Domi scored twice and Nick Baptiste and team captain Bo Horvat once each when Ontario (which also included Chris Bigras, Aaron Ekblad, Darnell Nurse and Nick Ritchie) defeated Sweden in the 2012 bronze medal game.
21 – players who participated in the 2011 Canada Winter Games, when British Columbia (with Tristan Jarry, Curtis Lazar, Nic Petan, Sam Reinhart and Shea Theodore) captured gold.
18 – invitees who play in the Ontario Hockey League, the most represented league at this year’s camp. Sixteen invitees play in the Western Hockey League, and seven in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
4 – members of the Guelph Storm (Tyler Bertuzzi, Jason Dickinson, Robby Fabbri and Ben Harpur) who earned an invitation to the summer development camp. The Rimouski Océanic and Calgary Hitmen are sending three players each.
23 – shutouts posted during the 2013-14 Canadian Hockey League regular season by the four invited goalies. Tristan Jarry led the way with eight.
137 – regular season wins registered by the goalies. Tristan Jarry recorded 44 wins for the Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings.
980 – goals scored by the 37 skaters. Nick Baptiste, Robby Fabbri and Jake Virtanen each found the back of the net 45 times this past season.
1,551 – assists tallied by the invited skaters. Jonathan Drouin, with 79, had the most helpers last season.
2,531 – points amassed by the 37 skaters. Nic Petan led the way with 113.