It will be another busy summer for Hockey Canada, and it begins with
Canada’s national under-17 development camp and Canada’s National Men’s
Summer Under-18 Team selection camp on the ice in Calgary.
Here’s how it breaks down: 112 players will hit the ice at U17 camp from
July 21-27 before 44 hopefuls will battle for U18 roster spots from July
28-Aug. 1 ahead of the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton and Red Deer,
Take a closer look at Canada’s summer campers…
members of the OHL Cup champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens invited to U17 camp;
Michael Bianconi and tournament MVP Dylan Robinson helped the Jr. Canadiens
to an undefeated seven-game run and their second Ontario Minor Midget AAA
U18 camp invitees who did not play at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey
Challenge; Mack Guzda, Grayson Ladd and Connor Zary were not on the ice in
Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C.
rookies of the year who will attend U18 camp; Dylan Cozens was the top
first-year player in the WHL, Alexis Lafrenière took home the QMJHL honour
(along with the CHL award) and Alex Newhook was recognized in the BCHL (and
U18 camp invitees who played for Canada at the 2018 IIHF U18 World
Championship; defencemen Bowen Byram and Matthew Robertson, and forward
Alexis Lafrenière wore red and white as under-agers in Russia.
sons of former NHLers invited to U17 camp – Kyle Aucoin (Adrian), Jack
Finley (Jeff), Ridly Greig (Mark), Patrick Guay (François) and Jacob
draft picks of the Saint John Sea Dogs invited to U17 camp (DesRoches,
Lawrence, Poirier, Savoie, Stairs, Villeneuve), tops among CHL teams; the
Ottawa 67’s and Cataractes de Shawinigan are next, each with five
selections on the roster.
members of the Toronto Marlboros invited to U17 camp (Cuylle, Drysdale,
Halliday, Moore, Peters, Piercey, Valade), more than any other club team;
the Chevaliers de Lévis, Cantonniers de Magog and York Simcoe Express are
next with five apiece.
U17 camp invitees who competed at the 2018 TELUS Cup, Canada’s National
Midget Championship – Ethan Ernst (Notre Dame Hounds – gold); Charles
Beaudoin, Isaac Belliveau, Patrick Guay, Marshall Lessard and William
Villeneuve (Cantonniers de Magog – silver); Ronan Seeley and Ridly Greig
(Lethbridge Hurricanes – bronze); and Lukas Cormier (Moncton Flyers – fifth
Ontario natives invited to U17 camp, more than any other province or
territory; it is followed by Quebec (22), Alberta (13), British Columbia
(10), Saskatchewan (5), New Brunswick (4), Manitoba (3), Nova Scotia (2)
and Prince Edward Island (1).
U17 camp invitees selected in the first round of their respective CHL
drafts; the picks are spread fairly evenly across the three leagues – 19
from the Ontario Hockey League, 18 from the Western Hockey League and 16
from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The list also includes all
three No. 1 picks – Quinton Byfield (OHL), Kaiden Guhle (WHL) and Hendrix
points for Alexis Lafrenière during the 2017-18 season, more than any other
U18 camp invitee. Lafrenière scored 42 goals and added 38 assists with the
Océanic de Rimouski to finish ninth in QMJHL scoring and second among