June 24, 2015 - 11:49 AM
KELOWNA - Hockey Canada announced Tuesday the 194 players invited to attend the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 29 to Aug. 6 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Among those invited were 29 current WHL players and 35 WHL prospects.
Kelowna Rockets forwards Nick Merkley and Rourke Chartier were invited to the World Junior development camp, while Dillon Dube was invited to the U-18 selection camp and prospect Jonathan Smart to the national U-17 development camp.
The inaugural National Teams’ Summer Showcase marks the first time Hockey Canada has brought together all three of Canada’s national men’s programs in the same city at the same time. It will include Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (40 players), Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (43 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players.)
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp
From Aug. 1-6, 40 players – three goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 24 forwards – will participate in practices on Aug. 1-2 before playing two games each against the Czech Republic (Aug. 4 and Aug. 6) and Russia (Aug. 3 and Aug. 5) at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp
From July 31-Aug. 4, 43 players – four goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Of the 43 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2015 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, Aug. 10-15 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament seven consecutive years and 10 of the last 11.
Canada’s National Under-17 development camp
From July 29-Aug. 4, 111 players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defenceman and 63 forwards – will participate in practices and a nine-game mini-tournament on one of six teams: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red and White.
From the development camp, 66 players will be selected to represent Canada on one of three national teams – Black, Red and White – at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 - Nov. 7 in a yet-to-be-determined host city.
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