On Wednesday, Hockey Canada announced its roster for the 2020 National U-17 Summer Development Camp, held virtually from July 19-25, inclusive. Of the 113 teenagers that received invites, six were from Manitoba, while another four have ties to the province’s Western Hockey League teams.
These potential roster candidates will compete for a spot on one of the three Canadian clubs participating in the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Charlottetown and Summerside PEI during the timeframe of October 31 to November 7 this coming fall.
64 forwards, 37 defencemen and 12 goaltenders were selected, and will be split into six different ‘teams’ for the week of sessions, online education and virtual training from a host of high-caliber Hockey Canada coaching staff members. Kelly Buchberger, Stephane Julien and Chris Lazary will be the coaches of Team Canada White, Black and Red, respectively.
“The National U-17 Development Camp is the first stage in introducing these athletes to the Program of Excellence,” said Hockey Canada Senior Vice President of National Teams, Scott Salmond in a press release. “It is a great opportunity for them to develop as players and learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf. Our three under-17 teams are very fortunate to have these nine experienced coaches, and we know our coaching and support staffs will embrace the opportunity to guide the development of the top young players in Canada.”
From Manitoba, Ethan Buenaventura (Winnipeg), Reid Dyck (Winkler), Matthew Kieper (Winnipeg), Denton Mateychuk (Dominion City), Conor Geekie (Strathclair) and Tyson Zimmer (Russell) were chosen. Winnipeg ICE draft picks Matt Savoie and Rieger Lorenz, as well as Brandon Wheat Kings selections Nate Danielson and Rylen Roersma also got the call.
In breaking down the selected talent geographically, just over 50 percent of the summer camp participants come from Ontario (47) and Quebec (18), before a significant drop-off in numbers occurs thereafter. British Columbia had 13 representatives selected, while the Maritimes had 12. Alberta saw 10 invitees chosen, while Saskatchewan had six.
Ethan Beunaventura – Goaltender, 6-foot-1, 171 pounds, Rink Hockey Academy
Reid Dyck – Goaltender, 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, Pembina Valley Hawks
Matthew Kieper – Goaltender, 5-foot-11, 150 pounds, Winnipeg Bruins
Denton Mateychuk – Defenceman, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, Eastman Selects
Conor Geekie – Forward, 6-foot-3, 172 pounds, Yellowhead Chiefs
Tyson Zimmer – Forward, 6-foot, 175 pounds, Okanagan Hockey Academy
Matt Savoie – Forward, 5-foot-9, 181 pounds, Rink Hockey Academy
Reiger Lorenz – Forward, 6-foot-1, 165 pounds, Edge School
Nate Danielson – Forward, 6-foot, 165 pounds, Northern Alberta
Rylen Roersma – Forward, 5-foot-10, 161 pounds, Lethbridge