Zach Alchorn, Connor McCluskey & Jérémie Hébert invited to the Canada East Selection Camp

July 31, 2019
NR.050.19

TEAM CANADA EAST UNVEILS SELECTION CAMP ROSTER FOR 2019 WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE
44 players to compete for roster spot at international showcase in northeastern B.C.

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and NHL Central Scouting have identified a list of 44 players who have earned invites to Team Canada East selection camp in advance of the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C.

From Aug. 7-9, 44 Team Canada East hopefuls will gather at the Benson Centre in Cornwall, Ont., for three days of games and practices as part of the evaluation process.

The players were selected from the CJHL’s five eastern Junior A leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Québec (LHJAAAQ) and Maritime Hockey League (MHL). Team Canada East staff, led by head coach Martin Dagenais (Embrun, Ont./Ottawa, CCHL) and director of operations Mark Grady (Orleans, Ont.), will use the camp to evaluate the prospects before selecting the final roster for the 2019 World Junior A Challenge.

“This marks the first year Team Canada East will host a summer selection camp, which will help the team staff evaluate and select its roster earlier than previous years and continue to evaluate the players throughout the season,” said Brent Ladds, president of the CJHL. “We are excited to start the evaluation process for Team Canada East next week, and we look forward to watching both Canadian teams compete for a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in December.”

Team Canada East will kick off the tournament against Russia on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. MT when the World Junior A Challenge heads to Dawson Creek for the first time.

Of the 13 gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenge, 10 have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada East will look to earn its first gold medal, having won silver five times (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2016) and bronze once (2008).

For more information on the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook or Twitter.

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Lukas Cormier selected to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team

July 30, 2019
NR.049.19

HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCES ROSTER FOR 2019 HLINKA GRETZKY CUP
22 players to represent Canada in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia

CALGARY, Alta. – Twenty-two of the nation’s top young players have earned the opportunity to represent their country as part of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia, Aug. 5-10.

Hockey Canada finalized its roster Tuesday following a five-day selection camp that saw 44 players participate in on- and off-ice sessions, including three intrasquad games, at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The roster consists of two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards, including two players who were a part of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that competed at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sweden last April (Drysdale, Hunt). Twenty-one of the 22 players participated in the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B. The lone exception was Hendrix Lapierre (Gatineau, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL), who was unable to participate due to injury.

“We were pleased with the level of competition at selection camp, and our staff is confident in the 22 players that have earned their spot on Team Canada for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup,” said Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence. “The skill and intensity showed by all 44 players at camp made our decisions difficult, but we know our players and staff will embrace the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf as we look to bring home a gold medal.”

The selections were made by McEwen, Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U18 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team coaching staff, including head coach Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and assistant coaches Mario Duhamel (Saint-Bruno, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), provided input into the final player selections.

Canada will face off against Slovakia in pre-tournament action on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Piestany before moving on to Breclav, where it opens the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup against Finland on Monday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT. All Team Canada tournament games will be broadcast by TSN and RDS; please check local listings for details.

In 2018, the tournament was rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and co-hosted by Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. Canada captured gold on home ice, defeating Sweden 6-2 in the gold medal game.

Canada has won gold 22 times in 28 years of summer under-18 competition, along with two silver medals and one bronze.

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

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Hockey New Brunswick Pre-season Skills Development Camps coming Moncton and Miramichi

Hockey New Brunswick will be offering local minor hockey players an opportunity to take part in a Hockey New Brunswick Preseason Skills Development Camp being held in Miramichi and Moncton, NB. 

The Miramichi Camp will be held Wednesday August 28th at the Miramichi Civic Centre and the Moncton Camp will be held Thursday August 29th at the Superior Propane Centre.

To view the camp schedules, click here - Miramichi or Moncton.

The primary focus of the camp is centred around on-ice fundamental skills, with off-ice time scheduled for life skill enhancement in areas such as respect, fitness, and teamwork.  Off-ice fitness sessions are included involving games with team work and proper stretching.

Members of Hockey New Brunswick will be on-site to assist with on-ice, as well as off-ice sessions.

The Hockey New Brunswick Skills Development Camps are designed for Atom and Peewee players and have the following objectives:

  • §To develop/enhance the fundamental skills of skating, passing, stick handling, and shooting.
  • §To create opportunity for players to meet other players and develop friendships.
  • §To promote the fun of the game.
  • §To teach the concepts of fair play, fitness, safety, team work, and the importance of a positive attitude.
  • §To provide a memorable experience for all who attend.

The camp will be $45/player.  The first 70 players registered will be accepted. 

Players who attend the camp will receive: 

  • §2 – 60 minute on-ice sessions
  • §Team building session
  • §Fitness session
  • §Hockey New Brunswick Practice Jersey
  • §Hockey New Brunswick Gift

To register for the Skill Camp please click the link below:

 

Miramichi Click Here:    Atom           or        Pee Wee

Moncton Click Here:      Atom           or        Pee Wee

 

For more information on this camp please contact Mike Gillingham @

Phone: (506) 453-0864

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Rosters Announced for Hockey New Brunswick High Performance Summer Camps

Fredericton, NB – July 19, 2019 – Two hundred and twenty male and female hockey players, in five divisions have been invited to participate in the Hockey New Brunswick Development Festival beginning July 21st.  The camps will run over three weeks in Fredericton, on the University of New Brunswick campus.

On the male side, sixty-eight players will be attending the Under-14 camp, along with forty in the Under-15 division and forty at the Under-16 camp.  Females will have forty in the Under-16 camp and thirty-two in Under-18.

From the players invited, players will be selected in the Male Under-14, Male Under-15, Female Under-16 and Female Under-18 divisions to compete against the other Atlantic branches at the Atlantic Challenge Cup, held in Moncton on Thanksgiving weekend.  The Male Under-16 staff will select players to compete in the QMJHL Challenge in Boisbriand, QC in April 2020.

Each of the summer camps will feature inter-squad games each evening, as well as daily practices, fitness testing, and presentations from guest speakers on topics including fitness, mental preparation and nutrition.

Some notable alumni that have participated in the HNB High Performance Program, and went on to play for Team Canada include Sarah MacDonnell, Nathan Beaulieu, Sean Couturier, Jake Allen, Patrice Cormier and Luc Bourdon.

Camp Rosters:

Female rosters

Male U14 rosters

Male U15 and U16 rosters

Schedules:

Female U16

Female U18

Male U14

Male U15

Male U16

For further inquiries please contact:

Mike Gillingham

Hockey New Brunswick

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Congrats to the three NB players on being invited to Hockey Canada Female Camps – Dominque Cormier (Saint-Marie-de-Kent, NB), Under 18 Camp / Marlene Boissonnault (Dundee, NB) & Grace Graham (Island View, NB), Development Team Camp.

July 16, 2019
NR.047.19

 PLAYERS AND STAFF NAMED TO BFL NATIONAL WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT AND UNDER-18 TEAM SELECTION CAMPS

89 players will gather in Calgary ahead of Canada-U.S. series in Lake Placid

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada kicks off the 2019-20 season with 89 of the country’s top under-18 and development team talents on the ice for selection camps at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Aug. 2-11.

Part of the Team Canada Summer Showcase, 45 players will attend the BFL National Women’s Development Team Selection Camp, with another 44 invited to the BFL National Women’s Under-18 Team Selection Camp.

The athletes will compete for a chance to wear the Maple Leaf in a pair of three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid, N.Y., from Aug. 14-17.

Melody Davidson, Hockey Canada’s head scout for national women’s teams, put together the list of invitees with assistance from regional scouts Brian Hart (Ontario), Greg Hermiston (B.C. and Quebec), Chris Higgins (Ontario), Scott Lambton (Quebec), Rod Larsen (Saskatchewan), Doug MacLeod (Alberta), Troy Ryan (Atlantic) and Gary Soper (Ontario).

“Ultimately, the Summer Showcase is about bringing in the top under-18 and development-aged athletes, and to work with experienced staff and give them the resources and tools they need to be successful and grow," said Gina Kingsbury, director of national women’s teams. "For the under-18 program, this is the first step of our process towards defending gold at the 2020 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. At the same time, it’s an important touch point for our development-aged athletes to give them critical experiences ahead of the start of their club-team seasons, and push for an opportunity for 2022. It enables Hockey Canada to provide experiences, teaching and feedback necessary for athletes to take their game to the next level.”

On the development roster, 17 players are back from the team that faced the U.S. in a three-game series last summer in Calgary, along with six who won gold with Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship in Japan. On the U18 side, five returning world champions are among the camp invites.

At the BFL National Women’s Development Team Selection Camp, set for Aug. 2-11, the 45 invitees – seven goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 24 forwards – will be split into two teams to participate in practices, intrasquad games, off-ice training, fitness testing and classroom sessions. The camp will also include a team of U SPORTS all-stars, as well as national teams from France and Japan.

At the BFL National Women’s Under-18 Team Selection Camp, set for Aug. 3-11, the 44 players – six goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 24 forwards, will be split into two teams to participate in practices, intrasquad games, off-ice training, fitness testing and classroom sessions. The camp will also include Russia’s national women’s under-18 team.

Full on-ice schedules for both camps are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Showcase. All games are free and open for the public to attend.

Coaching staffs unveiled for national women’s teams

Both teams will have veteran coaches behind the bench. Leading Canada’s National Women’s Development Team is head coach Troy Ryan (Spryfield, N.S.), while Howie Draper (Edmonton/University of Alberta, CW) returns as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team

Ryan, who most recently won bronze as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Women’s Team at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship and silver at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, will be joined by assistant coaches – and Team Canada alumae – Courtney Kessel (Mississauga, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC), Carla MacLeod (Calgary/Edge School, CSSHL), and Cara Morey (Hensall, Ont./Princeton University, ECAC) and goaltending coach Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, AUS), while Draper, who guided Canada to its first world title since 2014, will work with assistants Britni Smith (Port Perry, Ont./Clarkson University, ECAC)  and Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ont./Boston University, HE), and goaltending coach Gord Woodhall (Winnipeg, Man./Winnipeg, MFMHL).

Media accreditation for the Team Canada Summer Showcase can be requested online.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Program, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Women.

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THE NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT HOCKEY PROGRAM

THE FUN STARTS HERE

The NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. We want families to experience the game at its best — to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.

OUR GOAL

We believe in all hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities. We designed the NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT to facilitate entry into hockey by offering a program that is ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, and most importantly, FUN! We cannot wait to help your kids fall in love with hockey.

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Central Female Hockey Association (Burtts Corner) – all-female
Fredericton Youth Hockey Association
Hampton Minor Hockey Association
KV Minor Hockey Association (Quispamsis / Rothesay) – all female
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South East Female Hockey Association (Riverview) – all female

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