On Tuesday, the roster for the Canadian National U-17 Development Camp was released. Amongst the 112 invitees, four Manitobans and two other honorary Manitobans playing for Western Hockey League teams within the province received calls to attend the camp running from July 19-27 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, AB.
Receiving invites from Manitoba were:
Carson Lambos, defenceman, 2003-born, Winnipeg.
Hudson Thornton, defenceman, 2003-born, Winnipeg.
Conner Roulette, forward, 2003-born, Winnipeg.
Tyler Brennan, goaltender, 2003-born, Winnipeg.
Lambos, Thornton and Brennan spent the past season playing together with RHA in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, helping the Midget Prep team to a 22-12-2 league record with a +67 goal differential. Thornton led the team in points (17 goals, 47 points in 31 games) while Lambos put up 14 goals and 30 points in 23 games, as he spent time in the WHL with Kootenay. Brennan had a rock solid 2.69 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in 19 starts.
Receiving invites from Manitoban WHL teams were:
Matthew Savoie, forward, 2004-born, St. Albert.
Jake Chiasson, forward, 2003-born, Abbotsford.
Savoie, 15 – who the recently relocated Winnipeg ICE drafted first overall in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft – narrowly edged out Chiasson, 16, in the point category while also playing in the CSSHL in 2018-19. Suiting up for the Northern Alberta X-Treme Prep squad, Savoie collected 31 goals and 71 points in 31 games, while Chiasson – a Brandon Wheat Kings first round draft pick (15th overall, 2018) – had 27 goals and 69 points for Yale Hockey Academy Prep in 36 regular season games.
The 112 invitees will be split into six different teams while in Calgary for both on and off-ice training, classroom sessions, intersquad games and rigorous fitness testing. Those who participated in the week-long camp will then be monitored over the opening month of the 2019-20 CHL season, before 66 of the invitees will be named to one of Canada’s three teams (Canada Black, Red or White) competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge running from November 2-9 in Swift Current, SK and Medicine Hat, AB.