Early draft prospects invited to U-18 camp
June 16, 2011
A talent-laden group will gather in Calgary next month for the Canadian national men's under-18 hockey team selection camp. Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that 42 players are invited to the camp, including 24 forwards, 14 defencemen and four goaltenders. The camp runs July 30 to Aug. 2 at Calgary's Father David Bauer Olympic Arena.
Among the players, born in 1994, are 19 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 15 from the Western Hockey League, six from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and two from other Canadian leagues.
Camp invitees were selected by Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada's head scout, along with head U-18 head coach Steve Spott, head coach of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers, and assistants Don Nachbaur (WHL's Spokane Chiefs) and Mario Duhamel (QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs).
"These players represent the future of Canadian hockey and are a testament to the strength of the Canadian Hockey League and the skill development taking place in minor hockey associations across the country," said Prendergast.
Several players are among International Scouting Services early rankings for the 2012 National Hockey League entry draft, including defencemen Griffin Reinhart of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings (ranked No. 7 by ISS) and Matt Dumba of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels (No. 14), along with centres Brendan Gaunce of the OHL's Belleville Bulls (No. 15) and Scott Laughton of the OHL's Oshawa Generals (ranked No. 24).
Twenty-two players from the 42 invitees will represent Canada at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, which is slated for Aug. 8-13 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
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