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Hockey Canada Announces World Junior Team Invites
Tuesday, December 04, 2007

BC Hockey is proud to announce that five former BC minor hockey players and 15 WHL players have been invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team Try-out camp.

All five of the BC born players are graduates of the BC Hockey Male High Performance Program.

Rob Rogers (Branch High Performance Coordinator) states, “This is a testament to the quality of young players we have in this province and it speaks volumes about the level of our Male U16 and U17 programs”. 

The BC born players selected are:

  • Karl Alzner – A defenseman from Burnaby currently playing with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. 
  • Ty Wishart – A defenseman from Comox currently playing with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL. 
  • Colton Gillies – A forward from Surrey currently playing with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.
  • Kyle Turris – A forward from New Westmister who is currently playing Division 1 Hockey out of the Wisconsin University. 
  • Zach Hamill – A Forward from Port Coquitlam who is currently playing with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL

To view the list of all 37 players invited to camp click on - List of Invited Players 
 
Canada’s best Junior-aged hockey players (born in 1988 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior selection camp from December 10-14, 2007 at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, AB.

Of the 37 players invited, three won gold medals at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship and 22 were members of Canada’s National Junior Team which posted a 7-0-1 record in the Canada/Russia Super Series in August/September 2007 in Russia and Canada. Thirty-two of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2006 or 2007 NHL Entry Draft, including thirteen first-round selections and eleven second-round selections.

Hockey Canada may add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 10th, in the event that any NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team Junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL. 

“Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which includes our Under-17 and Under-18 programs, has provided many of these players the preparation and experience to deal with the rigors of the upcoming World Juniors and high-paced international competition,” said Al Murray, head scout for Canada’s national men’s teams. “The quality and skill of the 37 players invited to the camp next week is a testament of the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and Junior hockey system.”

Murray traveled coast to coast during the first part of the hockey season assessing players in preparation of the selection camp.

Selection Camp Information

Players and staff will travel to Calgary on Monday, December 10th, and the players will take to the ice that same evening at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.

All practices at the selection camp, Dec. 10-14th, are open to the public free of charge. Details on the selection camp will be announced next week at www.hockeycanada.ca. Tickets for any games will only be sold at the door prior to games for $5.

Canada will play its first game of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26th, versus the Czech Republic at 2:00 p.m. ET, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN radio network (check local listings).

Canada has medaled in nine straight World Junior Championships including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006 and 2007, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001. 

For more information on the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship or Canada’s National Junior Team, visit Hockey Canada’s official website at www.hockeycanada.ca.


 

Photo provided by Jeff Vinnick of Hockey Canada
      



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