66 WHL players invited to Hockey Canada Summer Showcase

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Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League will be represented by 66 players at Hockey Canada’s National Team Summer Showcase, a series of development and selection camps that kick off the 2017-18 season. Hockey Canada announced the rosters for each event Tuesday.

A total of 37 WHL players will participate in Canada’s under-17 development camp, while another 12 will take part in Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team development camp. Finally, a total of 17 WHL players will aim to leave an impression at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp.

“For about three-and-a-half weeks in July and August, we get to see all of our players in our program concentrated in two locations, which gives our management team, coaches, and staff a chance to develop, first and foremost, what we feel is our top talent in Canada, and evaluate those players as we look to put together winning teams throughout the upcoming season,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “It’s a great opportunity for these players who are working towards earning a chance to wear the Team Canada jersey, and I want to thank Ryan [Jankowski] and his team for the diligence they’ve put into helping us identify this group of players.”

Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selections, with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario), Canadian Hockey League general managers and branch representatives for the under-17 roster, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the CHL for the under-18 and under-20 roster.

Beginning July 22, 111 players will assemble in Calgary for the under-17 development camp. From there, 44 players will vie for a spot on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team during a five—day selection camp before leaving Calgary on August 2 following final roster decisions to compete at the 2017 Ivan  Hlinka Memorial Cup.

Finally, 42 prospects looking to earn an invitation to December’s National Junior Team selection camp will make their way to Plymouth, Mich., for Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp.

The schedules for each camp will be revealed in a few weeks; all on-ice activities in Calgary at the under-17 and under-18 camps will be held at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport, and will be free and open to the public.

Jankowski and his group will continue the evaluation process when the players return to their home clubs, with an eye to fielding the best in Canadian talent at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., in December, and the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship next spring.

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National Under-17 Development Camp – WHL Invites

Goaltenders (5)
Roman Basran (Kelowna Rockets)
Byron Fancy (Red Deer Rebels)
Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Nolan Maier (Saskatoon Blades)
Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants

Defencemen (12)
Layton Ahac (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jacson Alexander (Swift Current Broncos)
Mitchell Brown (Tri-City Americans)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Kaeden Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Kirby Proctor (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Luke Reid (Victoria Royals)
Rhett Rhinehart (Prince Albert Raiders)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Jackson van de Leest (Calgary Hitmen)

Forwards (20)
Logan Barlage (Swift Current Broncos)
Kyle Bettens (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Harrison Blaisdell (Vancouver Giants)
Connor Bouchard (Tri-City Americans)
Ethan Browne (Everett Silvertips)
Carter Chorney (Spokane Chiefs)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Jonny Hooker (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Liam Keeler (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Ben McCartney (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Cole Muir (Regina Pats)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Massimo Rizzo (Kamloops Blazers)
Henrik Rybinski (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Alex Swetlikoff (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Brayden Tracey (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers)

National Men’s Under-18 Development Camp – WHL Invites

Goaltenders (1)
Carl Stankowski (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Defencemen (5)
Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Dawson Barteaux (Red Deer Rebels)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Luke Zazula (Kamloops Blazers)

Forwards (6)
Luka Burzan (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Jackson Leppard (Prince George Cougars)
Jackson Shepard (Kamloops Blazers)
Riley Stotts (Swift Current Broncos)
Chase Wouters (Saskatoon Blades)

National Junior Team Sport Chek Development Camp – WHL Invites

Goaltenders (2)
Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

Defencemen (6)
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)
Dennis Cholowski (Prince George Cougars)
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Cal Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Josh Mahura (Regina Pats)
David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Forwards (9)
Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants)
Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)
Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)
Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Tanner Kaspick (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Matthew Phillips (Victoria Royals)
Mason Shaw (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

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