44 CHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced roster details on Friday for Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp, scheduled for August 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alta. Forty-six players have been invited to attend the camp.

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp is the first step in identifying players for Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held from December 26, 2011 to January 5, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton. At the conclusion of camp, Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout for the men’s Program of Excellence, will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates before inviting a group of players to a final selection camp in December, after which a final National Junior Team roster of 22 players will be named.


The camp roster includes four goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 26 forwards.  The Ontario Hockey League leads the way with 22 players invited followed by 13 from the Western Hockey League, and nine from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 


CHL Players Invited to Camp:



Tyler Bunz, Medicine Hat Tigers

Louis Domingue, Quebec Remparts

Mark Visentin, Niagara IceDogs

Scott Wedgewood, Plymouth Whalers



Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John Sea Dogs

Cody Ceci, Ottawa 67’s

Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Rimouski Oceanic

Brandon Gormley, Moncton Wildcats

Erik Gudbranson, Kingston Frontenacs

Dougie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs

Scott Harrington, London Knights

Martin Lefebvre, Quebec Remparts

Joe Morrow, Portland Winterhawks

Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers

Ryan Murray, Everett Silvertips

Stuart Percy, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Matthew Petgrave, Owen Sound Attack

Mark Pysyk, Edmonton Oil Kings

Duncan Siemens, Saskatoon Blades



Michael Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes

Brett Connolly, Prince George Cougars

Sean Couturier, Drummondville Voltigeurs

Phillip Danault, Victoriaville Tigres

Brendan Gallagher, Vancouver Giants

Freddie Hamilton, Niagara IceDogs

Patrick Holland, Tri-City Americans

Quinton Howden, Moose Jaw Warriors

Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John Sea Dogs

Boone Jenner, Oshawa Generals

Ryan Johansen, Portland Winterhawks

Lucas Lessio, Oshawa Generals

Greg McKegg, Erie Otters

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer Rebels

Matthew Puempel, Peterborough Petes

Ty Rattie, Portland Winterhawks

Brett Ritchie, Sarnia Sting

Mark Scheifele, Barrie Colts

Michael Sgarbossa, Sudbury Wolves

Devante Smith-Pelly, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Ryan Spooner, Kingston Frontenacs

Mark Stone, Brandon Wheat Kings

Ryan Strome, Niagara IceDogs

Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s




The 46 players, born in 1992 or 1993, were selected by Prendergast, in consultation with Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond, head coach Don Hay (Vancouver, WHL) and assistant coaches George Burnett (Belleville, OHL), Ryan Huska (Kelowna, WHL) and Pascal Vincent (Montreal, QMJHL). Prendergast evaluated players over the course of the 2010-11 season, following these players along with numerous other candidates for the program during league play, as well as during international competitions for both the under-18 and under-20 programs.

“Canada has many very talented players across the country in this age group, and the players should be very proud to have an opportunity to showcase their abilities at this camp in Edmonton,” said Prendergast. “We are looking forward to a competitive, high-energy camp.”


The invitation list includes seven players from Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.: goaltender Mark Visentin (Waterdown, Ont./Niagara, OHL), defenceman Erik Gudbranson (Orleans, Ont./Kingston, OHL) and forwards Brett Connolly (Prince George, B.C./Prince George, WHL), Sean Couturier (Bathurst, N.B./Drummondville, QMJHL), Quinton Howden (Oakbank, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL), Ryan Johansen (Port Moody, B.C./Portland, WHL) and Jaden Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask./Colorado College, WCHA)


The camp roster also includes 30 skaters with international experience at the under-18 level (Bournival, Ceci, Connelly, Couturier, Danault, Domingue, Gormley, Gudbranson, D. Hamilton, F. Hamilton, Harrington, Howden, Huberdeau, Jenner, Lessio, McKegg, Murphy, Murray, Nugent-Hopkins, Percy, Puempel, Pysyk, Ritchie, Scheifele, Schwartz, Sgarbossa, Siemens, Spooner, Thomas, Toffoli) and 36 skaters who have represented their region or province at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and/or Canada Winter Games. 


Five players invited to this camp have not played with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence at either the under-17, under-18 or under-20 levels: Patrick Holland, Joe Morrow, Matt Petgrave, Dillon Simpson and Scott Wedgewood. 


All invited players must attend the camp to be eligible for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, as per National Junior Team policy


Tickets for Canada’s two Red-White games at the development are on sale.  


Saturday, August 6         Red vs. White                              Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alta.              

TICKETS: / 1-855-985-5000


Sunday, August 7            Red vs. White                              Casman Centre, Fort McMurray, Alta.    



Details of the camp, including dates, schedule and Red and White rosters, will be announced at a later date. 


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