The Western Hockey League will be represented by six players on Hockey Canada’s 22-player roster for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, scheduled for August 7 to 12 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia.
announced its 22-player roster Tuesday afternoon following its five-day National
Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp.
Representing the WHL on Hockey
Canada’s roster for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup are forwards Luka Burzan
(Moose Jaw Warriors / Surrey, B.C.), Jackson Shepard (Kamloops Blazers / West
Vancouver, B.C.), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets / Kelowna, B.C.) and defencemen
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs / Lloydminster, Alta.), Calen Addison (Lethbridge
Hurricanes / Brandon, Man.) and Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors / Winnipeg,
All but two of the 22 players represented their country at the
World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international tournament hosted annually in
Canada that features three Canadian teams (Red, White, Black) and five
international teams. Canada’s team also includes 15 players who’ve worn the
red-and-white in international competition overseas – six having donned the Team
Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova
Ves, Slovakia, in April; and 11 having competed for Canada at the 2016 Youth
Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
“We’ve had a great selection camp
here in Calgary, with all 44 players showing us what they’re made of,” said
Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes / Calgary, Alta.), head coach of Canada’s
National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. “As a best-on-best tournament, the Ivan
Hlinka Memorial Cup allows us to showcase the very best Canadian talent in this
age group. We are ready to make Canadians proud with how we represent them on
and off the ice.”
Kisio and assistant coaches Drew Bannister (Sault Ste.
Marie, OHL / Sudbury, Ont.) and Daniel Jacob (Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL /
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.), along with Hockey Canada’s new head scout Brad
McEwan (Whitewood, Sask.) and regional scout Barclay Branch, joined Bruce
Hamilton (Kelowna Rockets / Saskatoon, Sask.) of the management group of Hockey
Canada’s Program of Excellence to select this year’s Hlinka roster from the 44
players who attended the selection camp.
Canada has won gold 20 times in
25 years of summer under-18 competition and will play in Group B this year with
Finland, Russia, and Slovakia; Group A consists of the Czech Republic, Sweden,
Switzerland and the United States.
The Canadians will face the Czech
Republic in a pre-tournament game on August 5 in Breclav, and official open the
2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on August 7 against Russia. The top two teams from
each group advance to the semifinals on Friday, August 11, with the gold-medal
game scheduled for Saturday, August 12.