Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp concluded earlier today in Calgary, and when the dust settled five WHL players cracked the final roster.
Goaltender Ian Scott (Prince Albert), defenceman Jonathan Smart (Kelowna) and forwards Jordy Bellerive (Lethbridge), Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City) and Stelio Mattheos (Brandon) will all travel to Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia with Team Canada for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. The prestigious tournament runs from August 8-13 when Canada will look for its ninth consecutive gold medal.
Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Josh Brook was then added to the roster on Wednesday due to injury.
“The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is a unique event for us because it’s one of the few opportunities we have to assemble the very best players in the country; the August timing doesn’t conflict with other league priorities, so it really sets up to be a best-on-best event and a great display of on-ice skill and talent,” said Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel. “Canadians can expect good speed, size, and talent from this year’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. They are a well-balanced group of players. The players and our team staff are excited and ready to represent Canada with pride once again.”