Just under half the players competing at Hockey Canada’s under-18 selection camp are coming from the Ontario Hockey League.
Of the 44 players heading to Calgary at the end of July, 16 played in the OHL last season. There is also 16 from the WHL, nine from the QMJHL, with the other four playing outside of the CHL.
The players, including four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 26 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp. The under-18 camp is unlike any other, as players are being evaluated from the moment they arrive at camp and are preparing to compete in short-term competition,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada.
“Historically, Canada has been successful at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”
The event will run from Aug. 5-10, with Canada facing off against the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland in prelim play before the tournament wraps up with the bronze and gold medal games on Aug. 10.
Will Cranley (Ottawa 67’s)
Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)
Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Lleyton Moore (Oshawa Generals)
Jake Murray (Kingston Frontenacs)
Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)
Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
Logan Morrison (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals)
Evan Vierling (Flint Firebirds)