Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced the 22 players who will play for Canada’s National Men’s Summer U18 Team at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, August 8-13 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. BC-born Griffin Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC) and Morgan Rielly (West Vancouver, BC) were selected to the team.
Reinhart currently plays defence for the Edmonton Oil Kings, and was the third overall draft pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft. At 6’4” and 205lbs, he is known for his size, but his reputation proves that he has the skill to back it up. In 2008-2009 he helped lead the Hollyburn A1 Huskies to a BC Hockey Championship, where he scored 18 points in 6 playoff games.
Rielly was the second overall draft pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, and is currently a defenseman for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He is well known for his offensive capabilities at defence, and is said to be a highly sought after player for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2009-2010 season he led the Notre Dame Hounds to a Saskatchewan Midget AAA Provincial title and a Telus Cup Championship with 18 goals and 37 assists for a total of 55 points in 43 games, and an additional 9 points in the playoffs.
Canada has won the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament three (3) straight years, and has won 15 of 20 summer under-18 tournaments since 1991. It will play in Group A in Breclav with the Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland. Group B, which consists of Finland, Russia, Slovakia and the United States, will play out of Piestany.
Canada will face Slovakia in a pre-tournament game in Piestany on Saturday, August 6 before opening the tournament against Sweden on Monday, August 8. The top two (2) teams from each group advance to the semifinals on Friday, August 13, with the gold medal game scheduled for Saturday, August 14.
There will be no TV or radio coverage of the event. Hockey Canada’s official website, www.hockeycanada.ca, is the place to find complete coverage of Canada at the tournament.