Blackwood attends Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp
The final component of Hockey Canada’s ‘Summer Showcase’ begins today with World Junior hopefuls gathering in Calgary for Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.
Hockey Canada has introduced a new format for its summer development camps, bringing a total of 194 male and 86 female players plus coaching and support staff to WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary for a total of 19 days of on- and off-ice sessions in preparation for the 2015-16 season.
From Aug. 1-6, 40 players – three goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 24 forwards – will participate in practices on Aug. 1-2 before playing two games each against the Czech Republic (Aug. 4 and Aug. 6) and Russia (Aug. 3 and Aug. 5) at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selection, with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League.
Jankowski will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few months of the 2015-16 season and at the CHL Canada/Russia Super Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
The camp roster includes 16 players from the Ontario Hockey League including returning gold medalists Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs and Robby Fabbri of the Guelph Storm.
16 OHL Players at Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Development Camp:
Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
Travis Dermott (Erie Otters)
Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs)
Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals) – invited but unable to attend
Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)
Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals)
Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm)
Joshua Ho-Sang (Niagara IceDogs)
Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s)
Mitch Marner (London Knights)
Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs)
Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw Spirit)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)
As part of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp, Canada will face off against the Czech Republic for games on August 4th and 6th, and against Russia on August 3rd and 5th. Tickets to those four games, being hosted at the Markin MacPhail Centre, are available for purchase as a $40 four-game ticket package, or through single-game tickets at $15 each. All four games will also be televised on TSN and RDS.
For more information on the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada, and www.twitter.com/hc_men.