CALGARY, Alta. –
Hockey Canada has announced the roster for Canada’s National Para Hockey
Development Team for a three-game series against the United States, April
27–30 at the Aréna Howie-Morenz in Montreal.
Two goaltenders, four defencemen and 10 forwards were selected by national
team head coach Russ Herrington (Unionville, Ont./York University, OUA)
and Marshall Starkman (Thornhill, Ont.), manager of hockey
operations. Assistant coachesMike Foligno (Sudbury, Ont.) and Mike Fountain (Gravenhurst, Ont.), along with development
team coaches Scott Walker (Cambridge, Ont.) and Jean Labonté (Hull, Que.) also provided input.
“We are excited to have this group together and get them into game action
against the United States,” said Herrington. “This is the first time that
our development team has been able to face the Americans in three years,
and for many of these players, it’s their first time to represent Canada.”
The roster includes five players who won a silver medal at the
Para Hockey Cup
last November (Boily, Kovacevich, LeBlanc, Lelievre, Pellizzari), and
five players who will make their international debut (Culmone, Daigle, Hurst, Stoppa, Mah).
In preparation for the
2023 World Para Hockey Championship
, Canada’s National Para Hockey Development Team will be joined by the
Canada’s National Para Hockey Team
for a series of practices and intrasquad games before taking on the United
States beginning Thursday, April 27 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.
nations will meet again Friday, April 28 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT and wrap
up the series Sunday, April 30 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT. Admission to all
three games is free.
“This is an incredible opportunity for us as we prepare for the world
championship at the end of May in Saskatchewan,” added Herrington. “We will
use this week to get everybody together, get on the ice, practice, and
evaluate the progress from our selection camp in September.”
Fans looking to secure their seat for the 2023 World Para Hockey
Championship can purchase a full-event ticket package for as low as $99 now
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