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A pair of New Brunswick products will don the red and white (and black) of Team Canada on home ice at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge
Hockey N.B.
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October 30, 2018
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Two elite New Brunswick natives will suit up for Team Canada close to home when the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge comes to Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B., from Nov. 3-10.

Josh Lawrence of Fredericton and Lukas Cormier of Sainte-Marie-de-Kent will have the opportunity to represent their country on home ice – an experience neither is taking lightly.

“It’s really exciting to play for Canada and it’s definitely an advantage to be on home ice in front of the hometown fans,” said Lawrence, a forward with the Saint John Sea Dogs. “Canada has some great fans and Saint John especially loves hockey, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to be able to play in front of them.”

The 16-year-old forward will play for Canada Black at the event. Lawrence is in his first year with the Sea Dogs after going 15th overall in the 2018 QMJHL draft. He credits the Hockey New Brunswick High Performance Program (HPP) with preparing him to play on the international stage.

“Being able to play for HNB U14, U15, U16, they’re all great experiences,” he says. “At that moment of my life, it’s a lot of pressure. But it helps build and prepare you for U17. It’s a lot of fun to be able to play. Hockey New Brunswick has been really great to me.”

The Hockey New Brunswick High Performance Program gives players and coaches the opportunity to be around the best in New Brunswick and be exposed to the elite level many will see in junior, university and national programs.

Cormier, a defenceman with Canada Red, is a rookie with the Charlottetown Islanders, who took him at No. 4 in the 2018 QMJHL draft. The 16-year-old also participated in the HPP, which exposed him to the best of the best and helped expand his skill-set.

“I’ve played in New Brunswick all my life,” Cormier says. “Playing against the best players helped me know where I stand and pushed me to get better, to see how I have to train to get where I want to go.”

Cormier got a taste of short-term competition last spring when his Moncton Flyers reached the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship. The Flyers didn’t make it past the preliminary round, but the experience prepared him for competing at a national level. Now, he’s ready to compete internationally.

“It’s going to be an unreal experience once we get on the ice,” he says. “It was exciting when I got the call and I can’t wait to represent my country for the first time. It’s a huge honour.”

Cormier is up first when Canada Red faces Russia on Nov. 3 at the qplex in Quispamsis, while Lawrence will debut in an all-Canadian match-up between Black and White on Nov. 4 at Harbour Station in Saint John.

For more information:

Vacant
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
[email protected]

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
[email protected]

 

Katie Macleod
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427 / 403-612-2893 (mobile)
[email protected]

 

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