Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 40 of Canada’s top junior hockey players, including 11 from the Western Hockey League to wear the red-and-white at this summer’s Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, B.C., July 28-Aug. 4 with the hopes of fulfilling their dream to REPRESENT Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, B.C. later this year.
The 40-man roster compiled by Hockey Canada features four goaltenders, 12 defencemen, and 24 forwards. Of the 11 WHL players invited, four are defencemen and seven are forwards.
Six players from the group were recently selected in the 2018 NHL Draft, including defenceman and New Jersey Devils prospect Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta. / Spokane Chiefs), who was named the recipient of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy as the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year at the 2018 WHL Awards.
The remaining five players were all selected at the 2017 NHL Draft, including forward Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man. / Portland Winterhawks), the first-ever selection in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights. Joining Smith and Glass is fellow first round NHL Draft selection and Detroit Red Wings prospect Michael Rasmussen (South Surrey, B.C. / Tri-City Americans).
The Moose Jaw Warriors lead the way among WHL Clubs with three players invited to the event, including Montreal Canadiens prospect Josh Brook (Roblin, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors), Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo (Winnipeg, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors), and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Justin Almeida (Kitimat, B.C. / Moose Jaw Warriors). Spokane and Lethbridge are next, with each team sending a pair of players.
This year’s list of invites includes plenty of strong leadership from WHL circles, as a trio of team captains in Jordy Bellerive (North Vancouver, B.C. / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Connor Dewar (The Pas, Man. / Everett Silvertips), and the aforementioned Rasmussen will take part in the showcase.
Tuesday, Hockey Canada announced the coaching staff for Canada’s National Junior Team, which will be led by head coach Tim Hunter (Calgary, Alta. / Moose Jaw Warriors) and also feature Brent Kisio (Calgary, Alta. / Lethbridge Hurricanes) on the bench as an assistant.
At the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, eight WHL players helped Canada capture gold, led by captain Dillon Dube, starting goaltender Carter Hart, and forward Tyler Steenbergen, who scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal game.
National Junior Team Sport Chek Development Camp – WHL Invites
||PIT 2018 (2/53)
||Moose Jaw (WHL)
||MTL 2017 (2/56)
||NJD 2018 (1/17)
||Moose Jaw (WHL)
||VAN 2018 (2/37)
||Moose Jaw (WHL)
||PIT 2018 (5/129)
||LAK 2017 (2/41)
||North Vancouver, B.C.
||PIT 2017 (FA/JL)
||The Pas, Man.
||MIN 2018 (3/92)
||VGK 2017 (1/6)
||CAR 2017 (3/73)
||South Surrey, B.C.
||DET 2017 (1/9)
^ Invited to 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase
“The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase gives us an excellent opportunity to begin the evaluation process and for the staff to familiarize themselves with the players before the new season kicks off,” said Brad McEwen, head scout for Hockey Canada. “We also get to see the players in competition against the teams who will be returning to Vancouver and Victoria this December. It’s a unique opportunity, and we’re looking forward to making the most of it as we kick off our journey to the 2019 World Juniors later this month.”
The eight-day Sport Chek World Junior Showcase features Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States who will combine to play 11 games at the Sandman Centre. Canada will dress two squads for games against a split Team USA on July 31, before combining again as Team Canada to play Finland on Aug. 2, Sweden on Aug. 3, and close the mini-tournament against the United States on Aug. 4.
Ticket packages that include all Showcase games are available online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets and at the Sandman Centre box office for as low as $99 plus fees.
Fans from across all of Canada, and around the world, are gearing up to REPRESENT when the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship opens in Vancouver and Victoria on Dec. 26, 2018. The sale of full-event ticket packages have outpaced initial projections as the West Coast prepares to REPRESENT for the first time since 2006.
Limited full-event ticket packages and new nine- and 10-game packages are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook, and Twitter or Twitter/HC_Men.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.