21 Canadian Hockey League graduates are featured on the U SPORTS Men’s Hockey All-Stars roster announced Tuesday, set to compete at Canada’s National Junior Team Selection camp in Oakville, Ont., from Dec. 9-12.
This will mark the fifth straight year the U SPORTS All-Stars have faced off against Canada’s National Junior Team Prospects, who are vying for roster spots at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship being held in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic from Dec. 26, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020.
“This is an excellent opportunity for U SPORTS to show our continued support for Hockey Canada in helping them best prepare the Canadian World Junior Team for the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer of U SPORTS. “We are honoured to be invited annually to the Sport Chek Selection Camp, while simultaneously showcasing some of the best talent Canadian university hockey has to offer.”
Gardiner MacDougall, head coach of the UNB Reds, will serve as the team’s bench boss, after being an assistant coach with the 2018 U SPORTS All-Stars. MacDougall will be joined by 2016 U SPORTS All-Star head coach Brett Gibson of the Queen’s Gaels, 2018 All-Star assistant Todd Johnson of the Regina Cougars and Western Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer, who served as general manager of Team Canada’s roster at the 2019 FISU Winter Universiade.
CHL GRADS ON U SPORTS MEN’S HOCKEY ALL-STAR ROSTER:
U Sports program and last CHL team in brackets
Sebastian Auger (UQTR / Saint John Sea Dogs)
Nikolas Brouillard (McGill / Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Josh Burnside (Carleton / Mississauga Steelheads)
Clayton Kirichenko (Alberta / Medicine Hat Tigers)
Matt Murphy (UNB / Saint John Sea Dogs)
Tristan Pomerleau (UNB / Victoriaville Tigres)
Ryan Rehill (Alberta / Kamloops Blazers)
Nick Welsh (Saint Mary’s / Moncton Wildcats)
Mikkel Aagaard (Guelph / Sudbury Wolves)
Kris Bennett (UNB / Saginaw Spirit)
Tyler Boland (UNB / Rimouski Oceanic)
Bryson Cianfrone (StFx / Owen Sound Attack)
Trevor Cox (Alberta / Vancouver Giants)
Stephen Johnson (Saint Mary’s / Moncton Wildcats)
Ryley Lindgren (Mount Royal / Swift Current Broncos)
Steven Owre (Alberta / Medicine Hat Tigers)
Grayson Pawlenchuk (Alberta / Red Deer Rebels)
Cole Sanford (Alberta / Regina Pats)
Mathew Santos (Ryerson / North Bay Battalion)
Collin Shirley (Saskatchewan / Kamloops Blazers)
Mark Simpson (UNB / Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team has faced various U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988. Since a U SPORTS national all-star team began participating in December 2015, U SPORTS holds a 5-3-1 record.
This year’s event will feature a two-game series at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex with games scheduled for Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. Tickets are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, starting at $15 plus fees.