Calgary-based camps set stage for 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 88 players to participate in Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp and Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp, set to take place this July at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Of the 88 players selected, a total of 17 – eight to the National Men’s ummer Under-18 Team selection camp and nine to Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp – represent the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
As part of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, 44 players – four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 26 forwards – will compete for an opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer, Alta. The selection camp, which takes place July 20-23, will include a variety of on- and off-ice sessions. Following the selection of the final roster on July 24, Team Canada will play a pair of games against Red and White teams from Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp.
Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.) , Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, led the player selection process with assistance from Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, B.C.), senior manager of hockey operations, and Byron Bonora (Brooks, Alta.), manager of hockey operations and U17 head scout.
The player selection process also included Peter Anholt (Prince Albert, Sask./Lethbridge, WHL) and James Boyd (Mississauga, Ont./Ottawa, OHL) of the Program of Excellence management group, and the Canadian Hockey League general managers committee, made up of Pierre Cloutier (Rouyn-Noranda, Que./Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), Kirt Hill (Winnipeg, Man./Edmonton, WHL), Jim Hulton (Wolfe Island, Ont./Charlottetown, QMJHL), John Paddock (Oak River, Man./Regina, WHL), Barclay Parneta (Saskatoon, Sask./Vancouver, WHL), Cam Russell (Halifax, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and Steve Staios (Hamilton, Ont./Hamilton, OHL).
“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp,” said Millar. “As our players are preparing to compete in short-term competition, we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”
The camp roster features 26 players that have been selected in the NHL Draft, including eight first-round picks: Nolan Allan (CHI), Brandt Clarke (LAK), Corson Ceulemans (CBJ), Zach Dean (VGK), Wyatt Johnston (DAL), Zachary L’Heureux (NSH), Brennan Othmann (NYR) and Chase Stillman (NJD).
“This is an exciting first step as we begin preparations for the upcoming season and the opportunity to compete at the 2023 World Juniors on home ice in Halifax and Moncton this December,” Millar added. “We are excited about this group of players, and we look forward to returning to the ice for a highly-competitive camp to kick off a new season.”
Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp staff will feature six experienced coaches from across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), including Shaun Clouston (Viking, Alta./Kamloops, WHL), Steve Hartley (Hawkesbury, Ont./Drummondville, QMJHL) , Jim Hulton (Kingston, Ont./Charlottetown, QMJHL), Brent Kisio (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL), Brad Lauer (Humboldt, Sask./Edmonton, WHL) and Ryan Oulahen (Newmarket, Ont./North Bay, OHL).
Hockey Canada announced in May that the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Halifax, N.S., and Moncton, N.B., Dec. 26, 2022 to Jan. 5, 2023.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca.
National Men’s Summer U18 Team Selection Camp (8)
- Cameron Allen (Toronto Young Nationals)
- Denver Barkey (Toronto Titans)
- Colby Barlow (Toronto Marlboros)
- Angus MacDonell (Toronto Marlboros)
- Marco Mignosa (Toronto Young Nationals)
- Luca Pinelli (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
- Carson Rehkopf (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
- Mason Vaccari (Vaughan Kings)
2022-23 National Junior Team Summer Camp (9)
- Jack Beck (Toronto Marlboros)
- Joshua Bloom (Toronto Young Nationals)
- Brandt Clarke (Don Mills Flyers)
- Luca Del Bel Belluz (Toronto Red Wings)
- Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros)
- Adam Fantilli (Toronto Red Wings/Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
- Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros)
- Brennan Othmann (Don Mills Flyers)
- Tucker Robertson (Toronto Marlboros)