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Hockey Canada Continues to Snub Manitobans of National Exposure

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Hockey Canada Continues to Snub Manitobans of National Exposure

Hockey Canada has announced its 45-player rosters for both its male and female under-18 teams as it heads into development camps. Beginning in late-July for both its male and female programs, the camps will feature 91 total players (45 male, 45 female, one unable to attend) deemed to be the nation’s top athletes under the age of 18.

Unfortunately, of those 91 players selected, just three come from the province of Manitoba, and all three are males.

Yes, zero of the 45 females selected hail from Manitoba.

But that is nothing new for those involved in the local hockey scene, as Manitoban talent continues to be overlooked when it comes to the national programs.

Between the two programs, Manitoba has the fewest number of players participating, making up just three percent of the invitees.

Male U-18 Female U-18 Total
Ontario 16 25 41
Quebec 9 7 16
B.C. 6 8 14
Alberta 6 2 8
Maritimes 2 3 5
Saskatchewan 3 1 4
Manitoba 3 0 3

Skewing the numbers even greater is the fact that only two additional players have ties to the province through their play within one of the Western Hockey League’s Manitoba-based clubs (Brandon Wheat Kings, Winnipeg ICE).

But in putting all that info aside, it is, of course, the appropriate time to congratulate the three selected players who will represent the province at the development camp held at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary, which will run from July 25 to August 4.

Of the 45 participating males, 26 are forwards, 15 are defenceman and four are netminders. Manitobans make up one of each position. Of the 45 participating females, 26 are forwards, 14 are defencemen, while there will also be five goaltenders on the ice.

While at the camp, the players involved will be divided into the ‘Red’ and the ‘White’ Canadian team, to which will run on and off-ice training, practices, drills and inter-squad games.

“This stage of our Summer Showcase is about bringing together the top under-18 players in Canada to work and learn from an elite-level coaching staff, giving them the necessary skills for their hockey development to grow and succeed,” Alan Millar, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada said in a release. “We have an opportunity to connect with the players through on- and off-ice sessions to give them the tools that will only enhance their skill set as they advance through our program and prepare for the upcoming season.”

Manitobans participating at Hockey Canada’s U-18 development camps include:

First Name Last Name Position Hometown Current Team
Conor Geekie Forward Strathclair Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
Matthew Kieper Goalie Winnipeg Regina Pats (WHL)
Denton Mateychuk Defenceman Dominion City Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)

Also invited to the male camp is Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward Nate Danielson (Red Deer, AB.) and Winnipeg ICE forward Matthew Savoie (St. Albert, AB.), who spend significant periods of the WHL season within the province of Manitoba.

Hockey Canada’s U-18 female camp – to which zero players with ties to the province of Manitoba will participate – runs from July 29 to August 5 at the Winsport Olympic Park in Calgary.

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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