Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada has named nine Western Hockey League players to their training camp roster for the approaching 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship, scheduled for April 18-28 in Örnsköldsvik and Umeå, Sweden. From the 23-participant roster, WHL players will constitute two of the three goaltenders, three of the seven defencemen, and 4 of thirteen forwards. WHL gamers on the roster include Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, Yukon / Lethbridge Hurricanes), Peyton Krebs (Okotoks, Alta. / Winnipeg ICE), Brayden Tracey (Calgary, Alta. / Moose Jaw Warriors), and Connor Zary (Saskatoon, Sask. / Kamloops Blazers) forwards. On defense, Daemon Hunt (Brandon, Man. / Moose Jaw Warriors), Kaedan Korczak (Yorkton, Sask. / Kelowna Rockets), and Braden Schneider (Prince Albert, Sask. / Brandon Wheat Kings) will constitute the WHL. Goaltenders Dylan Garand (Victoria, B.C. / Kamloops Blazers) and Taylor Gauthier (Calgary, Alta. / Prince George Cougars) have been named many crew trios of goaltenders.
This year’s roster includes numerous players excessive at the radar for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft. Of the WHL players attending, Cozens ranks as the pinnacle draft-eligible prospect, ranked third in North America by using NHL Central Scouting. Krebs is ranked 8th among North American skaters. Also on the radar for the NHL Draft is Korczak, ranked 31st among North American skaters simultaneously as Tracey is ranked 73rd.
Gauthier is ranked fifth among North American goaltenders. Of the 23 gamers in this year’s roster, eight gained gold with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team on the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and Cozens, Gauthier, Krebs, Korczak, and Schneider. Fourteen players additionally made their manner onto the roster via participation inside the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, consisting of Cozens, Gauthier, Krebs, Korczak, Schneider, and Tracey. Garand and Hunt represent a couple of young gamers selected to the roster to gain international enjoyment.
In addition to the nine players, the WHL will be represented on the group body of workers by Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont. / Moose Jaw Warriors) who are serving with the crew’s management group, assistant coach Dave Struch (Flin Flon, Man. / Regina Pats), goaltending representative Adam Brown (Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Rockets), and team health practitioner Dr. Barry Wiens (Red Deer, Alta. / Red Deer Rebels).
“The initial listing of gamers for the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship features an aggregate of ability and revel in, with 21 of the 23 athletes having performed internationally over the past seasons,” said Brad McEwen, head scout for Hockey Canada. “Our players and team of workers are excited for the opportunity to symbolize Canada on the arena level, and we look ahead to working towards our purpose of bringing home a gold medal in Sweden.”
Over the subsequent week, Hockey Canada and group of workers will continue to display the Canadian Hockey League playoffs and may invite additional players to education camp earlier than a final roster is called in advance of the event. Players will gather in Kisakallio from April eight-12 for five days of practice before heading to Sweden for two pre-event games – April 14 as opposed to Belarus in Umeå and April 15 instead of Russia in Örnsköldsvik.
Canada will make an appearance to assert gold for the primary time due to 2013 when it kicks off its match schedule towards Finland on Thursday, April 18 at 1:30 p.M. ET/10:30 a.M. PT. Canada will also match up against Switzerland, Belarus, and the Czech Republic inside the preliminary spherical before the event wraps up with the bronze and gold medal video games on Sunday, April 28.
TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s authentic broadcast companions, will broadcast 15 games, including all of Team Canada’s match-u. S.A. The IIHF U18 World Championship, all zone-finals, semifinals, and the bronze and gold medal video games.
Canada has received seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, which includes three gold (2003, 2008, 2013), one silver (2005), and three bronze (2012, 2014, 2015).
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About the Western Hockey League
Regarding the arena’s most first development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head workplace is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL includes 22 member Clubs with 17 placed in Western Canada and five inside the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading provider of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the primary provider of hockey scholarships, with over 350 graduates each 12 months receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue the post-secondary training of their desire. Each season, WHL gamers additionally shape the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.