As July transitions into August, 32 OHL players are headed to Plymouth, Michigan to represent their country at the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, a testing ground for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in December.
A total of 20 OHL players, including Attack forwards Nick Suzuki and Jonah Gadjovich, are representing Canada in the six team showcase that includes two squads from both Canada and the United States as well as Scandinavian rivals in Finland and Sweden.
The event serves as an audition for players seeking to represent their country at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, New York from December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018.
While game action gets underway on Saturday between the United States, Finland and Sweden, Canada’s schedule doesn’t get started until Tuesday following practices on Sunday and Monday at USA Hockey Arena.
Of the 57 CHL players participating, 32 are from the Ontario Hockey League, 23 are from the Western Hockey League and two are from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
In total, 116 of the 144 players set to take part in the week-long showcase have been drafted or signed by an NHL club, including 65 who were first or second round selections.
The final three days of the showcase will be televised on TSN and NHL Network beginning on Wed., Aug. 2, with Canada-Finland at 1 p.m. ET and USA-Sweden at 4 p.m., while on Fri., Aug. 4, fans will see Sweden vs. Canada at 1 p.m. and Finland vs. USA at 4 p.m. TSN and NHL Network’s coverage concludes with two of the biggest rivalry games in the sport on Sat., Aug. 5, with Sweden facing Finland at 4 p.m., and USA taking on Canada at 7 p.m.
In addition, HockeyTV will provide live streaming coverage of the first three days of competition – six games total – including a pair of U.S.-Canada split-squad matchups on Tues., Aug. 1.
For the full 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase schedule, click here.
Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) [VAN]
Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes) [EDM]
Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads) [VGK]
Victor Mete (London Knights) [MTL]
Conor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) [COL]
Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires) [WPG]
Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes) [FLA]
Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs) [MTL]
Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) [VAN]
Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds [TB]
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting) [STL]
Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers) [FLA]
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads) [NJ]^
Cliff Pu (London Knights) [BUF]
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters) [TB]^
Givani Smith (Guelph Storm) [DET]
Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack) [VGK]
Robert Thomas (London Knights) [STL]
Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads) [FLA]
Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires) [LA]
^won silver with Canada at the 2017 World Juniors
Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw Spirit) [EDM]
Eemeli Rasanen (Kingston Frontenacs) [TOR]
Janne Kuokkanen (London Knights) [CAR]^
Otto Makinen (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
^placed 9th with Finland at 2017 World Juniors
Jacob Moverare (Mississauga Steelheads) [LA]
Sean Day (Windsor Spitfires) [NYR]
Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) [SJ]
Tim Gettinger (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) [NYR]
Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs) [DAL]
Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires) [OTT]
Max Jones (London Knights) [ANA]
Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters) [MIN]
For more information on the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase, please visit usahockeyarena.com.