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Hockey Canada Unveils 34 Players Invited to NJT Sport Chek Selection Camp
Submitted By Hockey Canada on Monday, December 3, 2018
CALGARY, Alta. – With just weeks to go before the puck drops on the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada has named the 34 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, Dec. 11-14 in Victoria, B.C.

The camp roster includes three goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 19 forwards. The process of evaluating and selecting the players was led by Brad McEwen, Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with 
Steve Staios from the Program of Excellence management group, with input from coaches and general managers across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

Congratulations to the following ALLIANCE Hockey Alumni for their selection: 

Player

Pos

Shoots

Height

Weight

DOB

Hometown

Current Team

Isaac Ratcliffe

Forward

L

6'6

204

02-15-1999

London

Guelph (OHL)

Jack Studnicka

Forward

R

6'2

179

02-18-1999

Tecumseh

Oshawa (OHL)

Nick Suzuki

Forward

R

5'11

183

08-10-1999

London

Owen Sound (OHL)

Player

Pos

Catches

Height

Weight

DOB

Hometown

Current Team

Michael DiPietro

Goaltender

L

6'0

205

06-09-1999

Amherstburg

Windsor (OHL)


Among the 34 players are two returnees from the team that won World Juniors gold last year: Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) and Alex Formenton (King City, Ont./London, OHL). In addition, forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Calgary/Spokane, WHL) is dealing with an injury, but remains under consideration for a roster spot. His condition will continue to be monitored and a decision will be made prior to the start of the tournament.

“Our evaluation process through summer camp, the CHL season, Canada-Russia Series and now selection camp allows us to assess and assemble the top Canadian players to represent our country,” said Shawn Bullock, Hockey Canada’s director of men’s national teams. “Our final decisions will be difficult ones, but we couldn’t be more excited to gather in Victoria and begin the road to representing Canada in Vancouver.”

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Q Centre, home of the Victoria Grizzlies of the B.C. Hockey League, and will feature a three-game series against a team of U SPORTS all-stars Dec. 12-14. 

Lordco Road to the World Juniors
Following selection camp, the Canadian squad will be pared down to the final 22 players who will proudly wear the Maple Leaf at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver from Dec. 26-Jan. 5, as they look to win Canada’s 18th World Juniors gold medal.

Canada’s final preparations include games against Switzerland, Slovakia and Finland as part of the Lordco Road to the World Juniors pre-tournament schedule. Nine communities across the B.C. will play host to 12 games, featuring all 10 competing teams, from Dec. 18-23. 

TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will once again provide wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament, including Canada’s three pre-tournament games; check local listings for details.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and #WorldJuniors.

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