Created: Thursday, 15 December 2016 17:03
Twenty CHL players selected to Canada’s National Junior Team following four-day selection camp
TORONTO, Ont. and MONTREAL, Que. – With Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp rolling to a close with an 8-0 win over the Czech Republic, Hockey Canada has named the 22 players who will represent the country at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.
Five players who competed for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship - Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL), Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Julien Gauthier (Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL), Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL), and Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL) – will don the Team Canada crest for the holiday tournament.
“We’ve had a great selection camp, and I can see this group of players really beginning to work together and getting better every day,” said Dominique Ducharme, head coach, Canada’s National Junior Team. “It’s never easy to make the difficult decisions of releasing players, and that’s a testament to Canada’s depth of talent. Kris, Tim and I are looking forward to continuing to work with these players to fine-tune our game and be ready when we start the tournament on Boxing Day.”
20 CHL players on Canada’s National Junior Team:
Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)
Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)*
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips)
Jérémy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)*
Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals)
Dillon Dubé (Kelowna Rockets)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)*
Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)*
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)*
* – returning player
The puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, a Canadian holiday tradition, on Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto. In its opening game, Canada will face Russia at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at 8 p.m. ET.
Canada plays three pre-tournament games as part of the Road to the World Juniors: Dec. 19 in Montreal against Finland, Dec. 21 in Ottawa against the Czech Republic, and Dec. 23 in Toronto against Switzerland. Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, including Canada’s three pre-tournament games; check local listings for details.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visitHockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.
Created: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 03:36
The Whitby Silver Stick Tournament always provides a good measuring stick for scouts on players eligible for the OHL Priority Selection. With almost three months under their belts, players are able to showcase themselves in mid-season form with all of the rust knocked off of the game. The tournament field is stacked with highly talented teams from across the province and Michigan and the opportunity to display their talents against top competition provides a level playing field scouts to confidently assess their individual traits. It was a successful weekend filled with some extremely exciting matchups but eventually it was the deep talented Mississauga Rebels squad that would capture the 2015 Silver Stick championship edging out the Toronto Marlboros on Sunday afternoon.
It was a busy week for our scouting team with Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting), Andrew Sykes (Alliance), Matt Grainda (USA), Brett Dowell (GTHL), Matt Barbara (ETA), Brent Craswell (Ottawa) and Matt Stewart (SCTA) all taking in the action.
Our team of scouts have submitted their candid thoughts on player performances from the tournament and concluded our 6000+ word report with a Top 50 performers list.
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Created: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:40
Submitted by Brett Dowell, GTHL Scout for TheScout.ca
A task that is one of the most difficult jobs in minor hockey – having to pick who is most deserving for the GTHL Top Prospects Game Powered by Under Armour. With so many talented players at the 2001 level this year, this is no easy task. In selecting the top 40, the following assumptions were made:
- All players are eligible – there is no maximum or minimum for each team,
- Teams were not grouped (so the top players could be chosen).
- Evaluation has been done up until November 27th
- Injured players will not be excluded.
- 24 forwards, 12 defensemen, and 4 goaltenders are selected for this list.
While the coaching staff and selection committee have their own criteria, my top 40 prospects listed below are who I think deserve to be there at Scotiabank Pond on December 13th.
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Created: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 06:08
Sarnia played host to the 2016 Battle of the Border, an OHL showcase event that pitted six of the top 16U programs from the HPHL against six of Ontario’s minor midget programs. As teams took the ice at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena and scouts flocked to the stands to take in the top players, it was evident that the weekend would be jammed packed with entertaining hockey. The event was highlighted by seminars and information sessions on what to expect if the Ontario Hockey League becomes their hockey path of choice and teams were invited to take in the Sarnia Sting and Kingston Frontenacs game on Saturday evening.
Our team had eyes on the action as Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting), Matt Grainda (USA Regional Scout) and Andrew Sykes (Alliance Regional Scout) filed views of the action.
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Created: Thursday, 10 November 2016 05:17
One of the marquee events circled on scout’s schedules each season has been the Battle of the Border Showcase hosted by the Ontario Hockey League and HPHL leagues. It’s a prime opportunity for teams to get local looks at top talent from some of the region’s top squads. Sarnia will welcome the following American teams including Chicago Mission, Detroit Honeybaked, Chicago Young Americans, Little Caesars , Compuware and Team Illinois – each of which possess some of the country’s top 2001 talents. Similarly, Ontario is well represented with its top squads from each of the regions across the province. The GTHL will send the Toronto Marlboros, Toronto Young Nationals and Vaughan Kings while the Whitby Wildcats (OMHA-ETA), Brampton 45’s (OMHA – SCTA) and London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE) will showcase their talents as well. It will be a competitive weekend played throughout Friday, November 11 until Sunday, November 13th at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
Our team of scouts including Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting), Matt Grainda (USA), Nick Tomczyk (USA) and Andrew Sykes (Alliance) will be in attendance to take in the action.
The following are players to watch from each of the entries. It’s important to note that the 16U teams will have several 2000-born skaters who, for the purposes of brevity, will be left out of these previews.
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