ETOBICOKE, Ont. –
Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team will begin to assemble in Etobicoke this week before flying to Slovakia for two pre-tournament games in
preparation for the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship, April 13-23 in
Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia.
Hockey Canada has announced that Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary/Spokane, WHL), Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL), Stelio Mattheos (Winnipeg/Brandon, WHL), Ian Mitchell (Calahoo, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL), Isaac Ratcliffe (London, Ont./Guelph, OHL) and Ian Scott (Calgary/Prince Albert, WHL) are the first six
players to join the roster.
Joining them for the pre-tournament camp are six under-aged
players who have been invited to take part in order to gain more
international experience: Ty Dellandrea (Port Perry, Ont./Flint, OHL); Anderson MacDonald (Quispamsis, N.B./Sherbrooke, QMJHL); Jack McBain (Toronto/Toronto Jr. Canadiens, OJHL); Ryan Merkley (Mississauga, Ont./Guelph, OHL); Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane, WHL); and Akil Thomas (Toronto/Niagara, OHL).
Hockey Canada is grateful for the support of its junior hockey partners,
led by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), in helping provide this
development opportunity and international experience for these young
“We felt it was important to start putting the pieces together and having
the players on the ice as we assemble and start building a strong base for
the group that will eventually be the one to wear the red-and-white at this
year’s U18 world championship,” said Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s
director of player personnel. Jankowski is responsible for leading the
player selection process, with input from head coach Darren Rumble (Barrie,
Ont./Moncton, QMJHL), assistant coaches Steve Hamilton (Edmonton/Edmonton,
WHL) and Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL), and
goaltending consultant Fred Brathwaite (Ottawa/Hockey Canada).
“As players progress through the CHL playoffs, we will be making additions
to our roster with the goal of playing for gold at worlds.”
Players will hit the ice for three practices at the MasterCard Centre (Rink 1) during their time in Etobicoke – all practices are open to the
public and free of charge:
Monday, April 3: 5 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 4: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Wednesday, April 5: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET
On April 5, the team departs for Slovakia to continue its training camp and
play two pre-tournament games – April 9 in Bratislava versus Russia; and
April 10 in Piestany versus Switzerland.
Canada opens the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship on April 13 against
Latvia; it will also play Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland in
preliminary-round action. TSN, the official broadcast partner of Hockey
broadcasting 12 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-ups at the IIHF U18 World
Championship. RDS will broadcast 10 games, including Canada’s
four preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games, both semifinals, and
the bronze- and gold-medal games.
Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including
three gold medals (2003, 2008, 2013).
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