Canada East, West rosters announced for World Junior A Challenge

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

No members of the Medicine Hat Tigers were invited to the selection camp.

Two of the 32 players named to the roster who will be fighting for spots on Team Canada's entry in the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships, Suzuki and Gadjovich were both in attendance at the Summer Evaluation Camp as well.

"With a talent pool as deep as we have in this country, we believe the 23 players eventually selected from camp will give us the best chance at bringing home a gold medal", Shawn Bullock, Hockey Canada's senior manager of hockey operations and men's national teams, said in a statement.

There will be 11 NHL first-round picks at selection camp, including five from the 2017 NHL Draft: defensemen Cale Makar (No. 5, Colorado Avalanche), and Callan Foote (No. 14, Tampa Bay Lightning), and forwards Cody Glass (No. 6, Vegas Golden Knights), Nick Suzuki (No. 13, Golden Knights) and Robert Thomas (No. 20, St. Louis Blues).

Aurora resident Robert Thomas, along with London Knights teammate Alex Formenton of King City, were included on the camp roster released November 6 by Hockey Canada.

That is, to wake up Boxing Day to suit up for Canada at the World Junior Championships.

Canada lost the final to the United States 5-4 on a Troy Terry shootout goal at the Bell Centre.

Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp features a trio of games - two against a U SPORTS team on December 13 and 14, and a game against Denmark on December 15. Bench boss of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he was assistant coach in 2016.

Former Penticton Vees defenceman Dante Fabbro has earned an invite to Canada's national junior team selection camp for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Seven players return from last year's silver-medal winning team.

Joining Johnston from last year's team are Finn Evans of the Ottawa Junior Senators, Aiden Girduckis and Tim Theocharidis of the Carleton Place Canadians and Jack McBain of the Toronto Jr. Medal games will be contested at KeyBank Center, with the bronze contest at 4 p.m. and the battle for gold at 8 p.m.