Forty-five of the nation’s top under-18 players have earned invites to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team summer development camp, July 25-Aug. 4 at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary, Alberta.
Over the 11-day camp, the players will be split into two teams, Red and White, and participate in practices and intrasquad games. The camp will also feature combined practices and intrasquad games with Canada’s National Junior Team on Aug. 2-3.
The group of players, which includes four goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 26 forwards, will also be counting on 11 players originating from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Here are the QMJHL players that will be taking part in the development camp:
Vincent Filion (Shawinigan, Que. / Moncton Wildcats)
Charles-Edward Gravel (Lévis, Que. / Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Jake Furlong (Upper Tantallon, N.S. / Halifax Mooseheads)
Maveric Lamoureux (Hawkesbury, Ont. / Drummondville Voltigeurs)
*Tristan Luneau (Victoriaville, Que. / Gatineau Olympiques)
Pier-Olivier Roy (Adstock, Que. / Victoriaville Tigres)
Justin Côté (Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Que. / Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Jordan Dumais (Île-Bizard, Que. / Halifax Mooseheads)
Antonin Verreault (Laval, Que. / Gatineau Olympiques)
Markus Vidicek (Kirkland, Que. / Halifax Mooseheads)
Luke Woodworth (Bridgewater, N.S. / Drummondville Voltigeurs)
*Invited, but unable to attend camp
Hockey Canada has also named the coaching and support staff that will work with the players throughout camp. A number of them have previously been involved at various levels of the Program of Excellence (POE), including Steve Hartley (Hawkesbury, Ont. / Drummondville Voltigeurs) and Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que. / Sherbrooke Phoenix) who will return as U18 camp coaches.
The summer camp is typically used to evaluate and select Canada’s roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, but Canada will not participate in this year’s event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
(Source: Hockey Canada)