2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Coaching Staffs

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, today announced the coaching staffs for the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series to be played November 6-16.

Canada Russia

The six-game series features regional league teams of Canadian National Junior Team candidates competing against the Russian National Junior Team and is an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

Leading the CHL’s regional teams in November will be members of Canada’s National Junior Team coaching staff including head coach Dominique Ducharme who will work behind the bench for Team QMJHL, and Team Canada assistants Tim Hunter and Trevor Letowski who will serve as Team WHL and Team OHL head coaches respectively.

Ducharme, now in his second season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, is returning to Canada’s National Junior Team staff for the third consecutive year having acted as assistant coach in 2015-16 and head coach in 2016-17 helping Canada earn a silver medal.  During that time period he also served as Team QMJHL head coach in the CIBC Canada Russia Series carrying a 3-1 record against Team Russia.  Ducharme’s Hockey Canada coaching resume also includes Summer Under-18 gold at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament just months after leading the Halifax Mooseheads to a Mastercard Memorial Cup title.  Team QMJHL will take on Team Russia November 14 in Charlottetown and November 16 in Moncton where Ducharme will be assisted behind the bench by Islanders head coach Jim Hulton and Wildcats head coach Darren Rumble.

Hunter, now in his fourth season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, is also returning to Canada’s National Junior Team staff having served as an assistant and earning silver in 2016-17.  Hunter led Team WHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series a year ago winning once and falling in overtime against Team Russia.  Working with Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, Hunter also won bronze as head coach of the Under-18 team at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.  Team WHL will host Team Russia November 6 in Moose Jaw and November 7 in Swift Current where Hunter will be assisted behind the bench by Regina Pats head coach John Paddock and Broncos head coach Manny Viveiros.

Letowski, in his first full season as head coach of the Windsor Spitfires, joined Canada’s National Junior Team staff following the departure of Kris Knoblauch to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.  Letowski began his tenure with the Spitfires as an associate coach in 2015-16 and helped the club capture the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup title.  He previously served as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship and won Under-18 bronze as an assistant in 2014.  In this event, Letowski worked behind the bench in 2015 assisting Team OHL to a 2-0 record against Team Russia.  Team OHL will face the Russians November 9 in Owen Sound and November 13 in Sudbury.  Attack head coach Todd Gill will serve as an assistant coach for Letowski in Owen Sound, with Wolves head coach Cory Stillman assisting for the contest in Sudbury.

Since the event first began in 2003, CHL teams have played to an overall record of 58-19-1-6.  The competitiveness of the rivalry has grown in recent years with four of the last seven series decided in the final game, and with Russia earning three series wins since 2010 compared to the CHL’s four series triumphs over the same period including last season by a 13-5 margin in points.

The 2017 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tires, autoTRADER.ca, and Sherwin-Williams.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Monday November 6 at Moose Jaw, SK

Game 2 – Tuesday November 7 at Swift Current, SK

Game 3 – Thursday November 9 at Owen Sound, ON

Game 4 – Monday November 13 at Sudbury, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday November 14 at Charlottetown, PE

Game 6 – Thursday November 16 at Moncton, NB

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit http://chlcanadarussia.ca.

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CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM RETAINS COACHING, MANAGEMENT STAFF FOR 2017-18 SEASON

Press Release

Ducharme, Hunter, Knoblauch return behind bench, Bouchard in management

Hockey Canada

CALGARY, Alta. – A group of familiar faces will lead Canada’s National Junior Team into the 2017-18 season and the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.

Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Policy Committee, comprised of Hockey Canada Board chairman Joe Drago (Sudbury, Ont.), Hockey Canada president and chief executive officer Tom Renney, Hockey Canada chief operating officer Scott Smith, OHL commissioner and CHL president David Branch, QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau and WHL commissioner Ron Robison, has announced that the entire coaching staff of Canada’s 2016-17 National Junior Team has been retained for the 2017-18 season, including the World Junior Championship. Joël Bouchard (Montreal/Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) will also continue as the Program of Excellence management group lead for Canada’s National Junior Team next season. Bouchard and Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, confirmed that Dominique Ducharme (Joliette, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) would be reprising his role behind the bench as head coach.

Ducharme is returning to Canada’s National Junior Team coaching staff for the third consecutive year, having acted as assistant coach in 2015-16 and head coach in 2016-17. Rounding out the coaching staff are returning assistant coaches, Tim Hunter (Calgary/Moose Jaw, WHL) and Kris Knoblauch (Regina/Erie, OHL).

The group helped lead Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in January.

“This is a very unique opportunity to return an entire coaching staff that came within a shot of winning gold last year,” said Salmond. “The Program of Excellence Policy Committee unanimously agreed that it was in the best interest of the program to keep this coaching staff together and that their experience will provide us the best opportunity of winning gold in 2018.”

Bouchard has been a member of the POE management group since 2013. He has been president and general manager of the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada for the past six seasons, and took over as head coach in August 2014 after three seasons as an assistant coach. The Montreal native played 15 professional seasons, including parts of 11 seasons in the National Hockey League with eight teams. As a player, Bouchard made three appearances with Team Canada, winning gold each time.

Ducharme’s coaching experience with Hockey Canada also includes winning gold with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. He is coming off his first season as head coach and general manager of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, a position he took after leaving the Halifax Mooseheads, who he led to their first-ever Memorial Cup championship in 2013. Ducharme played professionally from 1995 to 2002 in the ECHL, AHL, and in Europe.

Hunter won a bronze medal as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship, and is in his third season as head coach of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors. Before joining the Warriors, Hunter coached more than 1,000 games over 14 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, and San Jose Sharks. As a player he appeared in 815 NHL games over 16 seasons with the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, and Sharks, and won the Stanley Cup with Calgary in 1989.

Knoblauch has coached in the Canadian Hockey League since the 2006-07 season, spending his first six seasons in the WHL – first as an assistant coach with the Prince Albert Raiders, then in the same role with the Kootenay Ice until taking over as head coach in 2010. As head coach, Knoblauch led the Ice to their third WHL championship in 2011 and first Memorial Cup appearance since 2002. In 2012-13, Knoblauch was hired by the OHL’s Erie Otters as head coach where he has since been awarded the Matt Leyden Trophy as OHL coach of the year. Knoblauch was also head coach of Team Canada Red at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, and Twitter.

Follow Your Favorite NHL Teams’ Prospects at the World Junior Championships

Want to know your favorite NHL Teams’ prospects playing at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Toronto and Montreal? Well, you can find them all here. Every player, on all ten rosters and their draft status.

There’s a few players shown as undrafted who have signed National Hockey League contracts such as Philippe Myers of Team Canada (Philadelphia Flyers). A few will re-enter the draft and be eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, but the vast majority are now unrestricted free agents.

Here are the ten rosters, including their draft status, the year they were selected, their overall pick number and the team that selected them.

Team Canada
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Jake Bean 2016 13 Carolina Hurricanes
Noah Juulsen 2015 26 Montreal Canadiens
Thomas Chabot 2015 18 Ottawa Senators
Philippe Myers undrafted
Dante Fabro 2016 17 Nashville Predators
Kale Clague 2016 51 Los Angeles Kings
Jeremy Lauzon 2015 52 Boston Bruins
Dillon Dube 2016 56 Calgary Flames
Mathieu Joseph 2015 120 Tampa Bay Lightning
Julien Gauthier 2016 21 Carolina Hurricanes
Mathew Barzal 2015 16 New York Islanders
Taylor Raddysh 2016 58 Tampa Bay Lightning
Tyson Jost 2016 10 Colorado Avalanche
Pierre-Luc Dubois 2016 3 Columbus Blue Jackets
Dylan Strome 2015 3 Arizona Coyotes
Michael McLeod 2016 12 New Jersey Devils
Blake Speers 2015 67 New Jersey Devils
Anthony Cirelli 2015 72 Tampa Bay Lightning
Nicolas Roy 2015 96 Carolina Hurricanes
Mitchell Stephens 2015 33 Tampa Bay Lightning
Connor Ingram 2016 88 Tampa Bay Lightning
Carter Hart 2016 28 Philadelphia Flyers
Team USA 
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Ryan Lindgren 2016 49 Boston Bruins
Jack Ahcan undrafted
Caleb Jones 2015 117 Edmonton Oilers
Casey Fitzgerald 2016 86 Buffalo Sabres
Adam Fox 2016 66 Calgary Flames
Charlie McAvoy 2016 14 Boston Bruins
Joe Cecconi 2015 133 Dallas Stars
Luke Kunin 2016 15 Minnesota Wild
Tanner Laczynski 2016 169 Philadelphia Flyers
Patrick Harper 2016 138 Nashville Predators
Jordan Greenway 2015 50 Minnesota Wild
Joey Anderson 2016 73 New Jersey Devils
Erik Foley 2015 78 Winnipeg Jets
Jeremy Bracco 2015 61 Toronto Maple Leafs
Colin White 2015 21 Ottawa Senators
Clayton Keller 2016 7 Arizona Coyotes
Troy Terry 2015 148 Anaheim Ducks
Keiffer Bellows 2016 19 New York Islanders
Jack Roslovic 2015 25 Winnipeg Jets
Tage Thompson 2016 26 St Louis Blues
Tyler Parsons 2016 54 Calgary Flames
Jake Oettinger 2017 eligible
Joseph Woll 2016 61 Toronto Maple Leafs
Team Sweden
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
David Bernhardt 2016 199 Philadelphia Flyers
Gabriel Carlsson 2015 29 Columbus Blue Jackets
Lucas Carlsson 2016 110 Chicago Blackhawks
Rasmus Dahlin 2018 eligible
Kristoffer Gunnarsson Undrafted
Oliver Kylington 2015 60 Calgary Flames
Jacob Larsson, 2015 27 Anaheim Ducks
Filip Ahl 2015 109 Ottawa Senators
Lias Andersson 2017 eligible
Rasmus Asplund 2016 33 Buffalo Sabres
Jonathan Dahlen 2016 42 Ottawa Senators
Joel Eriksson Ek 2015 20 Minnesota Wild
Carl Grundstrom 2016 57 Toronto Maple Leafs
Fredrik Karlstrom 2016 90 Dallas Stars
Jens Looke 2015 83 Arizona Coyotes
Alexander Nylander 2016 8 Buffalo Sabres
Sebastian Ohlsson Undrafted
Elias Pettersson 2017 eligible
Tim Soderlund Undrafted
Andreas Wingerli Undrafted
Filip Gustavsson 2015 55 Pittsburgh Penguins
Felix Sandstrom 2015 70 Philadelphia Flyers
Adam Werner 2016 131 Colorado Avalanche
Team Finland
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Miro Heiskanen 2017 eligible
Olli Juolevi 2016 5 Vancouver Canucks
Jesper Mattila undrafted
Juho Rautanen undrafted
Vili Saarijarvi 2015 73 Detroit Red Wings
Juuso Valimaki 2017 eligible
Urho Vaakanainen 2017 eligible
Kasper Bjorkqvist 2016 61 Pittsburgh Penguins
Henrik Borgstrom 2016 23 Florida Panthers
Otto Koivula 2016 120 New York Islanders
Janne Kuokkanen 2016 43 Carolina Hurricanes
Joona Luoto undrafted
Julius Mattila 2017 eligible
Julius Nattinen 2015 59 Anaheim Ducks
Petrus Palmu undrafted
Arttu Ruotsalainen undrafted
Aapeli Rasanen 2016 153 Edmonton Oilers
Eeli Tolvanen 2017 eligible
Kristian Vesalainen 2017 eligible
Teemu Vayrynen undrafted
Karolus Kaarlehto undrafted
Markus Ruusu 2015 163 Dallas Stars
Veini Vehvilainen undrafted
Team Russia
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Grigori Dronov undrafted
Vadim Kudako undrafted
Yegor Rykov 2016 132 New Jersey Devils
Mikhail Sergachyov 2016 9 Montreal Canadiens
Artyom Volkov undrafted
Yegor Voronkov undrafted
Sergei Zborovski 2015 78 NYR – 79 – 2015
Mikhail Sidorov undrafted
Denis Alexeyev undrafted
Kirill Belyayev undrafted
Denis Guryanov 2015 12 Dallas Stars
Kirill Kaprizov 2015 135 Minnesota Wild
Pavel Karnaukhov 2015 136 Calgary Flames
Danila Kvartalnov undrafted
Alexander Polunin undrafted
German Rubtsov 2016 22 Philadelphia Flyers
Yakov Trenin 2015 55 Nashville Predators
Kirill Urakov undrafted
Mikhail Vorobyov, 2015 104 Philadelphia Flyers
Danil Yurtaikin undrafted
Anton Krasotkin undrafted
Ilya Samsonov 2015 22 Washington Capitols
Vladislav Sukhachyov undrafted
Team Slovakia
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Martin Bodak 2017 eligible
Erik Cernak 2015 43 Los Angeles Kings
Martin Fehervary 2018 eligible
Mario Grman undrafted
Samuel Hain undrafted
Andrej Hatala undrafted
Oliver Kosecky undrafted
Michal Roman undrafted
Martin Andrisik undrafted
Rodovan Bondra 2015 151 Chicago Blackhawks
Marek Hecl undrafted
Filip Lestan undrafted
Patrik Osko undrafted
Oliver Pataky undrafted
Milos Roman undrafted
Adam Ruzicka 2017 eligible
Boris Sadecky undrafted
Marek Sloboda undrafted
Miroslav Struska undrafted
Marian Studenic 2017 eligible
Roman Durny undrafted
Adam Huska 2015 184 New York Rangers
Matej Tomek 2015 90 Philadelphia Flyers
Team Denmark
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Oliver Gatz Nielsen 2017 eligible
Morten Jensen undrafted
Anders Koch undrafted
Oliver Larsen 2017 eligible
Christian Mieritz undrafted
Mathias Rondbjerg undrafted
Nicolai Weichel undrafted
Niklas Andersen undrafted
Rasmus T. Andersson undrafted
Joachim Blichfeld 2016 210 San Jose Sharks
William Boysen undrafted
Nikolaj Krag Christensen 2016 209 St Louis Blues
Mathias From 2016 143 Chicago Blackhawks
Frederik Hoeg undrafted
Jeppe Jul Korsgaard undrafted
Tobias Ladehoff undrafted
David Madsen 2017 eligible
Daniel Nielsen undrafted
Jonas Rondbjerg 2017 eligible
Alexander True undrafted
Christian Mathieasen-Wejse undrafted
Emil Gransoe undrafted
Kasper Krog undrafted
Lasse M. Petersen undrafted
Team Switzerland
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Livio Stadler undrafted
Nico Gross 2018 eligible
Serge Weber undrafted
Colin Gerber undrafted
Jerome Portman undrafted
Marco Miranda undrafted
Nathan Marchon undrafted
Loic In Albon undrafted
Raphael Prassl undrafted
Nico Hischier 2017 eligible
Yannick Zehnder undrafted
Fabian Haberstich undrafted
Nando Eggenberger 2018 eligible
Dominik Diem undrafted
Timo Haussener undrafted
Matteo Ritz undrafted
Philip Wuthrich undrafted
Joren van Pottelberghe 2015 110 Detroit Red Wings
Team Czech Republic
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Daniel Krenzelok undrafted
Ondrej Vala undrafted
David Kvasnicka 2017 eligible
Frantisek Hrdinka undrafted
Jakub Zboril 2015 13 Boston Bruins
Peter Kalina undrafted
Filip Hronek 2016 53 Detroit Red Wings
Martin Necas 2017 eligible
Filip Chlapik 2015 48 Ottawa Senators
Tomas Soustal undrafted
Daniel Kurovsky undrafted
Lukas Jasek 2015 174 Vancouver Canucks
Michael Spacek 2015 108 WinnipegJets
Radek Koblizek undrafted
David Kase 2015 128 Philadelphia Flyers
Simon Stransky undrafted
Filip Suchy undrafted
Kristian Reichel undrafted
Adam Musil 2015 94 St Louis Blues
Petr Kvaca undrafted
Jakub Skarek 2018 eligible
Daniel Vladar 2015 75 Boston Bruins
Team Latvia
Player Draft Year Pick # Team
Eduards Jansons undrafted
Gvido Jansons undrafted
Kristians Rubins undrafted
Maksims Ponomerenko undrafted
Kristaps Zile undrafted
Tomass Zeile undrafted
Karlis Cukste 2015 130 San Jose Sharks
Rimants Zeilis undrafted
Eduards Tralmaks undrafted
Rihards Puide undrafted
Martins Dzierkals 2015 68 Toronto Maple Leafs
Renars Krastenbergs 2017 eligible
Erlends Klavins undrafted
Roberts Baranovskis undrafted
Valters Apfelbaums undrafted
Roberts Blugers undrafted
Ricards Bernhards undrafted
Rudolfs Balcers 2015 142 San Jose Sharks
Filips Buncis undrafted
Deniss Smirnovs 2017 eligible
Denijs Romanovskis undrafted
Gustavs Grigals undrafted
Mareks Mitens undrafted

Sweden Announces Roster for World Junior Championships

For two Canadian Hockey League players, Jacob Moverare (Mississauga Steelheads) and John Dahlstrom (Medicine Hat Tigers), Santa wasn’t very kind to them as they were the last cuts on Christmas Day for Sweden’s entry at the World Junior Championships.

The cuts leave Filip Ahl (Regina Pats) as the lone CHL’er on the roster. Former Ontario Hockey League rookie of the year Alexander Nylander, now of the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans will represent Sweden for the second time.

Team Sweden roster:

Goaltenders:
Filip Gustavsson, Lulea HF
Felix Sandstrom, Brynas Gavle
Adam Werner, Farjestad Karlstad

Defencemen:
David Bernhardt, Djurgarden Stockholm
Gabriel Carlsson, Linkoping HC
Lucas Carlsson, Brynas Gavle
Rasmus Dahlin, Frolunda Gothenburg
Kristoffer Gunnarsson, Frolunda Gothenburg
Oliver Kylington, Stockton Heat (AHL)
Jacob Larsson, Frolunda Gothenburg

Forwards:
Filip Ahl, Regina Pats (WHL)
Lias Andersson, HV71 Jonkoping
Rasmus Asplund, Farjestad Karlstad
Jonathan Dahlen, Timra IK
Joel Eriksson Ek, Farjestad Karlstad
Carl Grundstrom, Frolunda Gothenburg
Fredrik Karlstrom, AIK Stockholm
Jens Looke, Timra IK
Alexander Nylander, Rochester Americans (AHL)
Sebastian Ohlsson, Skelleftea AIK
Elias Pettersson, Timra IK
Tim Soderlund, Skelleftea AIK
Andreas Wingerli, Skelleftea AIK

Head Coach:
Tomas Monten

Team USA Announces Roster for the World Junior Championships

As is always the case with tournaments such as this, sometimes who is left off the roster draws more attention than who makes the roster. It is no different this year with the Americans as multiple 50 goal scorer Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters) did not make the final cut. The questions, and controversy, began almost immediately.

American General Manager Jim Johannson had this to say”

“We’re excited about this group of players and the way in which they will maximize the style of hockey that head coach Bob Motzko wants the team to play. The talent level in the United States is among the best in the world and the difficulty we had identifying this year’s roster speaks to that. These players earned their way on to this roster and we’re looking forward to the tournament getting underway.”

Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

With that said, the focus then should be on who is on the roster. Two OHL’ers made the American roster: Goaltender Tyler Parsons (London Knights) and forward Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)

The Americans also named their leadership group. Luke Kunin (University of Wisconsin) will serve as Captain while Colin White (Boston College) and Charlie McAvoy (Boston University) will serve as Alternates.

Goaltenders

Tyler Parsons (London Knights, OHL)

Jake Oettinger (Boston University, HEA)

Joseph Woll (Boston College, HEA)

Defence

Ryan Lindgren (University of Minnesota, Big 10)

Jack Ahcan (St Cloud State, NCHC)

Caleb Jones (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)

Casey Fitzgerald (Boston College, HEA)

Adam Fox (Harvard University, ECAC)

Charlie McAvoy (Boston University, HEA)

Joe Cecconi (University of Michigan, Big 10)

Forwards

Luke Kunin (University of Wisconsin, Big 10)

Tanner Laczynski (Ohio State, Big 10)

Patrick Harper (Boston University, HEA)

Jordan Greenway (Boston University (HEA)

Joey Anderson (University of Minnesota Duluth, NCHC)

Erik Foley (Providence College, HEA)

Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers, OHL)

Colin White (Boston College, HEA)

Clayton Keller (Boston University, HEA)

Troy Terry (University of Denver, NCHC)

Kieffer Bellows (Boston University, HEA)

Jack Roslovic (Manitoba Moose, AHL)

Tage Thompson (University of Connecticut, HEA)

Finland, Russia, Denmark and Slovakia set final roster for World Juniors

Finland, Russia, Denmark and Slovakia finalized their rosters for the World Junior Championships.

The Ontario Hockey League is well represented with Finland leading the way with five OHL’ers on their roster, followed by Russia with two and Slovakia with one. The Canadian Hockey League is also well represented.

Russia’s Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia Sting) and Artur Tyanulin (Ottawa 67’s)  were sent home.

Finland’s Roster 

Goaltenders:
Karolus Kaarlehto, TPS Turku
Markus Ruusu, JYP Jyvaskyla
Veini Vehvilainen, JYP Jyvaskyla

Defencemen:
Miro Heiskanen, IFK Helsinki
Olli Juolevi, London Knights (OHL)
Jesper Mattila, Boston College (NCAA)
Juho Rautanen, Jokerit Helsinki
Vili Saarijarvi, Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Urho Vaakanainen, JYP Jyvaskyla
Juuso Valimaki, Tri-City Americans (WHL)

Forwards:
Kasper Bjorkqvist, Providence College (NCAA)
Henrik Borgstrom, Denver University (NCAA)
Otto Koivula, Ilves Tampere
Janne Kuokkanen, London Knights (OHL)
Joona Luoto, Tappara Tampere
Julius Mattila, Boston College (NCAA)
Julius Nattinen, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Petrus Palmu, Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Arttu Ruotsalainen, Assat Pori
Aapeli Rasanen, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
Eeli Tolvanen, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
Kristian Vesalainen, HPK Hameenlinna
Teemu Vayrynen, TPS Turku

Head Coach:
Jukka Rautakorpi
Russia’s Roster 

Goaltenders:
Anton Krasotkin, Loko Yaroslavl
Ilya Samsonov, Metallurg Magnitigorsk
Vladislav Sukhachyov, Chelmet Chelyabinsk

Defencemen:
Grigori Dronov, Metallurg Magnitigorsk
Vadim Kudako, Severstal Cherepovets
Yegor Rykov, SKA St. Petersburg
Mikhail Sergachyov, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Mikhail Sidorov, Ak Bars Kazan
Artyom Volkov, Dynamo Balashikha
Yegor Voronkov, Vityaz Podolsk
Sergei Zborovski, Regina Pats (WHL)

Forwards:
Denis Alexeyev, HK Ryazan
Kirill Belyayev, Yugra Khanty-Mansisk
Denis Guryanov, Texas Stars (AHL)
Kirill Kaprizov, Salavat Yulayev Ufa
Pavel Karnaukhov, CSKA Moscow
Danila Kvartalnov, CSKA Moscow
Alexander Polunin, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
German Rubtsov, Vityaz Chekhov
Yakov Trenin, Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
Kirill Urakov, Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod
Mikhail Vorobyov, Salavat Yulayev Ufa
Danil Yurtaikin, HK Ryazan

Head Coach:
Valeri Bragin
Slovakia’s Roster 

Goaltenders:
Roman Durny, MHk 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
Adam Huska, University of Connecticut (NCAA)
Matej Tomek, Unviersity of North Dakota (NCAA)

Defencemen:
Martin Bodak, Tappara Tampere (FIN)
Erik Cernak, Erie Otters (OHL)
Martin Fehervary, Malmo Redhawks (SWE)
Mario Grman, HC Topolcany
Samuel Hain, HC Topolcany
Andrej Hatala, Dukla Trencin
Oliver Kosecky, HC ´05 Banska Bystrica
Michal Roman, Ocelari Trinec (CZE)

Forwards:
Martin Andrisik, HC ´05 Banska Bystrica
Radovan Bondra, Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Marek Hecl, Dukla Trencin
Filip Lestan, HV71 Jonkoping (SWE)
Patrik Osko, MHk 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
Oliver Pataky, Dukla Trencin
Milos Roman, Ocelari Trinec (CZE)
Adam Ruzicka, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Boris Sadecky, Dukla Trencin
Marek Sloboda, HK VSR SR 20
Miroslav Struska, MHk 32 Liptovsky Mikulas
Marian Studenic, Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)

Head Coach:
Ernest Bokros
Denmark Roster 

Goaltenders:
Emil Gransoe, Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL)
Kasper Krog, SonderjyskE Vojens
Lasse M. Petersen, Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Defencemen:
Oliver Gatz Nielsen, Herning Blue Fox
Morten Jensen, Rogle Angelholm (SWE)
Anders Koch, Esbjerg Energy
Oliver Larsen, Odense Bulldogs
Christian Mieritz, Leksands IF (SWE)
Mathias Rondbjerg, Rungsted
Nicolai Weichel, Rungsted

Forwards:
Niklas Andersen, Esbjerg Energy
Rasmus T. Andersson, HV71 Jonkoping (SWE)
Joachim Blichfeld, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
William Boysen, Rungsted
Nikolaj Christensen-Krag, Rogle Angelholm (SWE)
Mathias From, Rogle Angelholm (SWE)
Frederik Hoeg, Odense Bulldogs
Jeppe Jul Korsgaard, Aalborg Pirates
Tobias Ladehoff, Aalborg Pirates
David Madsen, Vaxjo Lakers (SWE)
Daniel Nielsen, Herning Blue Fox
Jonas Rondbjerg, Vaxjo Lakers (SWE)
Alexander True, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Christian Wejse, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL)

Head Coach:
Olaf Eller

DYLAN STROME, MATHEW BARZAL, THOMAS CHABOT SELECTED TO LEAD TEAM CANADA AT 2017 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Strome to captain team on home ice, Barzal, Chabot serve as alternates

TORONTO, Ont. and MONTREAL, Que. – Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL), Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL), and Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Saint John, QMJHL) will be leading Canada’s National Junior Team during Monday’s pre-tournament game in Montreal, and through the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, having been named by Hockey Canada as the team’s captains when the Canadian holiday tradition returns to home ice on Boxing Day.

The 22-player squad was named at the completion of a five-day selection camp in Boisbriand, Que., last week. Of its five returning players, Strome will wear the ‘C’ with Barzal and Chabot serving as alternate captains – a recognition of their on- and off-ice leadership qualities the coaching staff has recognized and the team as a whole is tapping into.

Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

“We have eight players on this team who are captains of their club teams, and numerous other associate captains, so there is an abundance of leadership,” said Dominique Ducharme, head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team. “Dylan, Mat and Thomas have been through this tournament before, and we have confidence in their ability to lead this team on and off the ice.”

For Strome, whose international experience also includes a gold medal at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and a place on the Ontario team at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he was named a tournament all-star, the experience brings him back to his minor hockey roots; the Mississauga native and Arizona Coyotes’ 2015 draft pick grew up playing in the GTA before being drafted by the OHL’s Erie Otters of the Canadian Hockey League. Canada plays all of its preliminary-round games in Toronto, while gold will be won in Montreal.

Both Barzal, selected by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, and Chabot, who will be on familiar ice in pre-tournament action in Ottawa who selected him 18th overall in the 2015 draft, were members of the Canadian team that captured bronze at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship, and Barzal also won gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in 2014.

The puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, a Canadian holiday tradition, on Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto. In its opening game, Canada will face Russia at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at 8 p.m. ET.

Canada plays three pre-tournament games as part of the Road to the World Juniors: Dec. 19 in Montreal against Finland, Dec. 21 in Ottawa against the Czech Republic, and Dec. 23 in Toronto against Switzerland. Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, including Canada’s three pre-tournament games; check local listings for details.

Opportunities remain for fans to take part in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and the Road to the World Juniors pre-tournament games; tickets to all pre-tournament games, select preliminary-round and championship-round games can be purchased online, or at all host-venue box offices.

 For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.

HOCKEY CANADA NAMES ROSTER FOR 2017 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Twenty CHL players selected to Canada’s National Junior Team following four-day selection camp

TORONTO, Ont. and MONTREAL, Que. – With Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp rolling to a close with an 8-0 win over the Czech Republic, Hockey Canada has named the 22 players who will represent the country at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

Hockey Canada

Five players who competed for Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship – Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL), Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Julien Gauthier (Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL), Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL), and Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL) – will don the Team Canada crest for the holiday tournament.

“We’ve had a great selection camp, and I can see this group of players really beginning to work together and getting better every day,” said Dominique Ducharme, head coach, Canada’s National Junior Team. “It’s never easy to make the difficult decisions of releasing players, and that’s a testament to Canada’s depth of talent. Kris, Tim and I are looking forward to continuing to work with these players to fine-tune our game and be ready when we start the tournament on Boxing Day.”

20 CHL players on Canada’s National Junior Team:

Goaltenders:
Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)

Defencemen:
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)
Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)*
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips)
Jérémy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

Forwards:
Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)*
Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals)
Dillon Dubé (Kelowna Rockets)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)*
Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)*
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)*

* – returning player

The puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, a Canadian holiday tradition, on Dec. 26 in Montreal and Toronto. In its opening game, Canada will face Russia at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto at 8 p.m. ET.

 Canada plays three pre-tournament games as part of the Road to the World Juniors: Dec. 19 in Montreal against Finland, Dec. 21 in Ottawa against the Czech Republic, and Dec. 23 in Toronto against Switzerland. Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, including Canada’s three pre-tournament games; check local listings for details. 

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.

30 CHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp

30 CHL Players Invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp

TORONTO, Ont. and MONTREAL, Que. – In less than 30 days, the puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, and 32 players are now one step closer to being part of this Canadian holiday tradition as a member of Canada’s National Junior Team.

Hockey Canada unveiled the list of invitees who will report to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in Blainville, Que., Dec. 10-14, during coinciding news conferences in Montreal and Toronto on Tuesday. The cities will co-host the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship when it returns to Canadian ice next month.

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The selection camp roster includes 19 forwards, 10 defencemen, and three goaltenders. The evaluation process was led by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, and Joël Bouchard of the organization’s Program of Excellence management group, with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

CHL Players:

Goaltenders:

Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)

Defencemen:
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)
Guillaume Brisebois (Charlottetown Islanders)
Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips)
Jeremy Lauzon (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Victor Mete (London Knights)
Philippe Myers (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

Forwards:
Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals)
Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets)
Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Zach Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Austin Wagner (Regina Pats)

“Congratulations to the 32 players named today to the National Junior Team selection camp roster,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and men’s national teams, Hockey Canada. “With the number of talented players across Canada, it is a difficult process to get to this point. We are confident that the 22 players who emerge from this camp will wear the Team Canada jersey with pride, and give Canada the best opportunity to play for gold on January 5th.”

Five players return from the Canada’s National Junior Team that competed at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland: Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle, WHL), Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Julien Gauthier (Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que./Val-d’Or, QMJHL), Mitchell Stephens (Peterborough, Ont./Saginaw, OHL), and Dylan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Erie, OHL).

“There have been a number of difficult decisions to make just to get us to this point, and I expect these players will continue to impress us and make the next round of decisions tough as well, which speaks to the talent Canada continues to produce on the ice,” said Jankowski. “We’re eager to get the players and our coaching and support staff together and get started.”

The selection camp will be held at the home of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau, and features three games: two against the USport All-Stars on Dec. 12 and 13, and a final game against the Czech Republic on Dec. 14.

Following the four-day camp, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada and don the Maple Leaf on home ice for the first time since 2015 when Canada won gold in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre. This year, gold will be won in Montreal.

Single-game tickets to World Juniors on sale Nov. 30

Fans can purchase single-game tickets to the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship beginning Wednesday, Nov. 30. Single-game tickets for both host-venues, as well as other Montreal and Toronto ticket options can be found online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

“As a Team Canada and World Junior Championship alumnus, there’s no experience like being part of a World Junior Championship – whether it’s as a player, or as a fan cheering on your national team,” said Wendel Clark, honourary captain, 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. “This is a special event for hockey fans around the world, but it’s an annual tradition for Canadians – one that we don’t take for granted when it’s here on home ice.”

Canada plays three pre-tournament games as part of the Road to the World Juniors prior to opening the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Boxing Day against Russia at 8 p.m. ET. It will then face its U.S. rivals on New Year’s Eve at 3:30 p.m. ET to close out preliminary-round action from Toronto before moving to the Bell Centre in Montreal. Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, including Canada’s three pre-tournament games; check local listings for details.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visitHockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.

196 PLAYERS INVITED TO HOCKEY CANADA NATIONAL TEAMS’ SUMMER SHOWCASE

Canada’s National Junior Team camp heads east to Toronto and Plymouth, Mich.

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CALGARY, Alta. – The top 196 players in Canada have been invited to attend the men’s camps as part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26-Aug. 6.

In its second summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase will bring together Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (44 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players) in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 26-Aug. 2. Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (41 players) will be hosted in Toronto July 30-Aug 2, and will feature a four-game series against the U.S., Sweden, and Finland from Aug. 3-6 in Plymouth, Mich.

 Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, was responsible for all player selections, with assistance from regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario) for the under-17 roster along with branch representatives, and with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League for the under-18 and under-20 rosters.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the talent we have across the country, and for our coaches and scouts to evaluate the players in our programs,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “These camps are key in selecting our international teams for the 2016-17 season, and we are looking forward to hosting 196 players as they work towards their ultimate goal of wearing the maple leaf.”

 Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp

From July 29-Aug. 2, 44 players – four goaltenders, 16 defencemen, and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games.

 Of the 44 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2016 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, Aug. 8-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament 11 times in the last 12 years, including the last eight consecutive years.

 Canada’s national under-17 development camp

From July 26-Aug. 1, 111 players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defenceman and 63 forwards – will participate in practices and games on one of six teams: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red, and White.

 Following the development camp, players will continue to be evaluated through the early season before 66 are selected to represent Canada on one of three national teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White – at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 – Nov. 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

This year, 110 players have been drafted or listed by CHL teams, including 42 from the Ontario Hockey League, 40 from the Western Hockey League and 28 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp

From July 30-Aug. 6, 41 players – four goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 23 forwards – will participate in practices on July 30-Aug. 2 in Toronto before playing in a series against the Finland, Sweden, and the United States at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.

 Jankowski will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few months of the 2016-17 season and at the CHL Canada Russia Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship when it returns to Canadian ice Dec. 26, 2016 to Jan. 5, 2017 in Toronto and Montreal.

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.