20 OHL players, including Owen Sound Attack forward Aidan Dudas, are vying for a spot on Canada’s team to be entered into the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament this coming month in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.
The 42 CHL players attending which includes 20 from the Ontario Hockey League and 11 each from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League are attending Canada’s National Under-18 Team Selection Camp at the Markin McPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta from July 28 to August 1.
In its third summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase features camps for Canada’s three international junior teams including the National Under-17 team (Jul. 22-28, Calgary) that will compete in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC, the National Under-18 team (Jul. 28-Aug. 1, Calgary) that will compete in next month’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava Slovakia as well as the Canadian National Junior Team (Jul. 30-Aug. 5, Plymouth, Mich.) that will compete in the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY.
The Canadian National Under-18 Selection Camp features 23 forwards (12 OHL), 15 defencemen (7 OHL) and 4 goaltenders (1 OHL) that will participate in practices and three red-white intrasquad games over the course of the weekend.
The camp roster features OHL forwards Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds) and Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs) who helped guide Canada to a fifth place finish at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Poprad, Slovakia in April.
Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s former director of player personnel, was responsible for all player selections, with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League.
Canada’s National Under-18 Team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament will be coached by Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes) along with assistants Drew Bannister (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Daniel Jacob (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada).
OHL Players Attending Canada’s National Under-18 Selection Camp:
Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Dennis Busby (Flint Firebirds)
Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes)
Owen Lalonde (Sudbury Wolves)
Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Carter Robertson (Ottawa 67’s)
Giovanni Vallati (Kitchener Rangers)
Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)^
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Nathan Dunkley (Kingston Frontenacs)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Hunter Holmes (Flint Firebirds)
Adam McMaster (North Bay Battalion)
Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Connor Roberts (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)^
^- placed 5th with Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship
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