The camp runs July 28th through August 4th, and will feature four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 24 forwards. Of which, almost half will not make the squad come final cuts this coming winter. Only three returnees from last year’s gold medal-winning team have received invites: Robert Thomas, Alex Formenton and Maxime Comtois. The remainder of the 20-man squad will consist of first time Team Canada representatives.
Of the 40 invitees to the Summer Showcase, six hail from Manitoba, two of which come from rural communities and four from big cities.
Defencemen Calen Addison, Josh Brook and Jett Woo will be joined by forwards Connor Dewar. Cody Glass and Stelio Mattheos in Kamloops later this month.
Addison – a 5-foot-11, 180-pound assist king for the Lethbridge Hurricanes – will lace up for his third season in the Western Hockey League this fall. The Brandon, MB. product put together 11 goals and 65 points in 68 games for the Hurricanes last season.
Brook – a 6-foot-1, 195-pound puck mover out of Roblin, MB. – has spent the past three seasons honing his craft alongside Jett Woo in Moose Jaw. He has collected 61 assists over the past two seasons with the Warriors.
Woo – a 6-foot, 205-pound shutdown defender from Winnipeg, MB. – also played the last two years on the blueline in Moose Jaw. Although battling an injury, Woo has proven to be a reliable option on the backend. He was selected early in the second round of this June’s NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
Dewar – a 5-foot-10, 175- pound forward from The Pas, MB. – has played three full seasons with Everett of the Western League, steadily improving his point production in the process. The speedy forward put up 38 goals and 68 points in the 2017-18 season for the Silvertips, before collecting 12 goals and 26 points in 22 postseason games this spring.
Glass – a 6-foot-2, 180-pound centreman – was the first ever selection by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, so you know what they think of him. The Winnipegger has played three seasons of WHL hockey with the Portland Winterhawks, improving his goal and point output yearly. He scored 37 times last season, while totalling 102 points for the Winterhawks.
Mattheos – a 6-foot-1, 200-pound power forward out of Winnipeg – knows how to contribute offensively, as seen by his Brandon Wheat Kings teammates over the course of the last three WHL seasons. On top of picking up 30 points more than he had in each of his previous season in Brandon, the strong winger has been more involved physically as of recent times, contributing both on the scoreboard and with his ability to stand up for his mates.
This year’s Canadian World Junior squad will be coached by Tim Hunter, while Tom Renney remains on as the Chief Executive Officer.
Both Team Canada White and Team Canada Red will play their first split-squad games of the World Junior Showcase on July 31st against United States Blue and United States White, respectively, at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.
The 43rd annual IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship will be hosted by Vancouver and Victoria and will get underway on December 26th, 2018. Tickets are still available for purchase.