42 of the Canadian Hockey League’s top under-18 players are in Calgary this week competing for a spot on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup which takes place in Edmonton and Red Deer August 6-11.
The camp, which opened Saturday, includes 44 players in total with four goaltenders, 14 defencemen, and 26 forwards who have been split into Red and White teams for intersquad practices and games.
Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Nolan Maier (Saskatoon Blades)
Justin Barron (Halifax Mooseheads)
Mitchell Brewer (Oshawa Generals)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Maxence Guénette (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Christopher Inniss (Rimouski Oceanic)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nathan Staios (Windsor Spitfires)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds)
Alexis Lafrenière (Rimouski Oceanic)
Nathan Légaré (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Dawson Mercer (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Blake Murray (Sudbury Wolves)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Xavier Simoneau (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Luke Cavallin (Flint Firebirds)
Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Jacson Alexander (Swift Current Broncos)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Grayson Ladd (Windsor Spitfires)
Christopher Merisier-Ortiz (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)
Alex Beaucage (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Brett Budgell (Charlottetown Islanders)
Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Xavier Parent (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Nicholas Porco (Saginaw Spirit)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Wong (Oshawa Generals)
Connor Zary (Kamloops Blazers)
Red-White Inter-squad Schedule:
Monday July 30 – 8:00 pm Eastern
Tuesday July 31 – 5:00 pm Eastern
Wednesday August 1 – 12:30 pm Eastern
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Newly rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the annual tournament is one of the only true, best-on-best competitions for this age group. While the event is being co-hosted in Edmonton and Red Deer, Canada will play all of its games out of Rogers Place in Edmonton, except for a pre-tournament game against the Czech Republic slated for 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the brand-new Servus Arena in Red Deer.
Canada won last year’s edition of the event in Breclav, Czech Republic, besting the host team 4-1, with a squad that included 18 players who were selected in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in June. When all of the picks were in, 77 alumni of the event were selected by NHL Clubs – 19 first-rounders, in fact – including seven of the top-10 picks.
Canada has won gold 21 times in 27 years of summer under-18 competition.
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