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10 GTHL alumni named to Canada’s national men’s U18 team for 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Twenty-four players have been selected to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team as it looks to defend gold at the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, July 31–Aug. 5 in Trencin, Slovakia and Breclav, Czechia. Of the 24 players, 10 are alumni of the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

GTHL ALUMNI: 

  • Malcolm Spence (Mississauga Senators)
  • Porter Martone (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
  • Liam Greentree (Markham Majors)
  • Michael Misa (Mississauga Senators)
  • Sam Dickinson (Toronto Marlboros)
  • Anthony Cristoforo (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
  • Henry Mews (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
  • Zayne Parekh (Markham Majors)
  • Ryerson Leenders (Toronto Young Nationals)
  • Carter George (Thunder Bay Kings)

Three goaltenders, seven defence and 14 forwards were selected by Alan Millar (Tottenham, ON), director of player personnel, and Cam Russell (Cole Harbour, NS/Halifax, QMJHL), the U18 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, with support from Scott Salmond (Creston, BC), senior vice-president of hockey operations, Benoit Roy (Sudbury, ON), senior manager of hockey operations, and Byron Bonora (Brooks, AB), manager of hockey operations and U17 head scout. Head coach Alan Letang (Renfrew, ON/Sarnia, OHL), and assistant coaches Kris Mallette (Kelowna, BC/Kelowna, WHL) and Sylvain Favreau (Orleans, ON/Drummondville, QMJHL) also provided input.

Among the 24 players are two who won a bronze medal with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2023 IIHF U18 World Championship (Catton, D’Aigle) and 20 that suited up for Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

“We are excited to unveil this group of accomplished athletes that have earned the opportunity to represent Canada and defend our gold medal at this year’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup,” Millar said. “Earning a spot to represent your country is an exciting opportunity, and we know each athlete will embrace the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in Slovakia and Czechia later this month.”

Prior to the start of the tournament, the team will practice at the Ice Palace in Budapest, Hungary from July 23-27, and will face off against Hungary’s national under-20 team on July 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. It will also take on Czechia on July 29 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT at Fosfa Arena in Breclav as a part of its pre-tournament schedule.

Canada will open the 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup against Finland on July 31 at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT. It will also face co-host Slovakia and Switzerland in the preliminary round before the tournament concludes with the medal games on Aug. 5.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all Team Canada games and select elimination and medal games; please check local listings for more details.

Canada has won 23 gold medals in 31 years of summer under-18 competition, along with three silver medals and one bronze.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca.


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