CANADA EAST SELECTION CAMP ROSTER ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF 2014 WORLD JUNIOR A CHALLENGE
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League, announced Friday the 40 players that will attend the Canada East selection camp in preparation for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.
The selection camp, scheduled for Dec. 6-9, will be held at Buckingham Arena in Toronto, Ont. The 40 players will be divided into two teams and play two intrasquad games, as well as a game against 1994-born players from the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Players named to the Canada East selection camp roster were selected from the CJHL’s five eastern Junior A leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior du Québec (LHJQ) and Maritime Hockey League (MHL).
The selection camp roster was chosen by Canada East head coach Marty Abrams (Wellington, OJHL), along with assistant coaches Mark Grady (Smith Falls, CCHL), Marc Lafleur (Kirkland Lake, NOJHL) and Troy Ryan (Campbellton, MHL), and regional scouts Paul Currie, Jack Ferguson and Dave Mayville.
“The opportunity to wear the Team Canada jersey is not one that comes along every day, and we’re confident the 40 players we’ve invited to camp will battle hard for that opportunity,” said Abrams. “There is tremendous talent across the five CJHL leagues in Eastern Canada, and we can’t wait to see that talent in action, in both Toronto and Kindersley.”
“Congratulations to all the players invited to camp,” said Kirk Lamb, president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. “To be selected as one the top 40 players from the five eastern CJHL leagues is recognition of their talent, hard work and dedication. However, this is just the first step to earning a spot on the team and proving to the coaches that they deserve a spot to help bring home gold for Canada East.”
The Canada East selection camp roster includes:
· four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 24 forwards;
· 19 players from the OJHL, 12 players from the CCHL, five players from the MHL, and two players each from the NOJHL and LHJQ;
· one player returning from the 2013 World Junior A Challenge (Racine).
The 2014 World Junior A Challenge will be held Dec. 14-20 at the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley, Sask. Canada East will play in Group A, joined by Switzerland and the United States, while Canada West, Denmark and Russia will comprise Group B.
Preliminary round play will run until Tuesday, Dec. 16, with both semifinals taking place Thursday, Dec. 18. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Saturday, Dec. 20 (check your local listings).
All preliminary round games, quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live and free through FASTHockey webcasts at www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac.
Full-tournament ticket packages for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge are now on sale, including tickets to all 13 games in Kindersley for only $225. To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE.
Single-game ticket information will be announced closer to the start of the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.
Canada East has appeared in four of the eight gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenges, taking silver in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., 2007 in Trail, B.C., 2010 in Penticton, B.C., and 2011 in Langley, B.C. It won bronze in 2008 in Camrose, Alta., finished fourth in 2009 in Summerside, P.E.I., and 2012 in Yarmouth, N.S., and was sixth last year in Yarmouth.