21 CHL PLAYERS NAMED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL MEN’S UNDER-18 TEAM PRE-COMPETITION ROSTER AS CAMP OPENS IN WINNIPEG

Hockey Canada

Team Canada faces Czech Republic and Sweden in pair of pre-tournament games

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, have assembled 23 players to take part in Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team pre-competition camp in Winnipeg in preparation for the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.

CHL Players Invited to Camp:

Goaltenders:
Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

Defencemen:
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)
Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)
Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)
Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)
David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires)

Forwards:
Jared Anderson-Dolan (Spokane Chiefs)
Will Bitten (Flint Firebirds)
Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville Tigres)

Beck Malenstyn (Calgary Hitmen)
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Antoine Morand (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City Americans)
Mason Shaw (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Gabe Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)

Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, Ryan Jankowski, built the roster with support from head coach Shaun Clouston (Viking, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) and assistant coaches Serge Lajoie (St. Albert, Alta./University of Alberta, CWUAA), Jarrod Skalde (Niagara Falls, Ont./Guelph, OHL), and national team alumnus Ryan Smyth, who is part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence management group. Jankowski evaluated the players during the 2015-16 season, following them alongside numerous other candidates during league play, as well as in international competition.

“Bringing the players together in Winnipeg gives the team a chance to gel before we travel to Grand Forks, and allows some of our up-and-coming players to gain some valuable experience working with our coaching staff and playing two exhibition games against international teams,” said Jankowski. “We’re looking forward to a great week in Winnipeg, and hope the fans will come out to watch a preview of the world-class hockey we’ll all be able to enjoy in Grand Forks, and on TSN.”

The roster includes three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards, as well as:

  • eight players (Bean, Bitten, Fabbro, Jost, Kyrou, Malenstyn, McLeod, and Quenneville) who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2015 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last summer; and
  • eight players (Comtois, DiPietro, Anderson-Dolan, Morand, Phillips, Rasmussen, Tippett and Vilardi) who participated in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C., last November.

The roster includes select under-age players invited to play in pre-tournament games to gain added experience in international competition. Players from across the CHL that have been eliminated from playoff action will be added to complete the roster for the tournament.

Canada will play a pair of pre-tournament games in Winnipeg, facing the Czech Republic on April 10 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) before taking on Sweden on April 12 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT). Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the MTS Iplex on game day.

Canada opens the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, hosted in Grand Forks, N.D., from April 14-24, on April 15 against Denmark; it will also play the Czech Republic, Finland, and Slovakia in preliminary-round action. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast 12 games, including all Team Canada match-ups.

Canada has won seven medals at the IIHF U18 World Championship, including three gold medals (2003, 2008 and 2013).

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.

Logan Stanley – Player Profile – Windsor Spitfires

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 220 pounds

Date of birth: May 26, 1998, Waterloo Ontario

Position: Defence

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 14th overall, 2014 Priority Selection

Stanley played his minor midget hockey with the Waterloo Wolves. There he appeared in 28 games and scored 8 goals while adding 20 assists with 95 penalty minutes. Following his season, he was called up to the Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League and while he didn’t appear in any regular season games, he played in two playoff games for them scoring once.

Stanley also played for Canada Red at the World Hockey Challenge U-17 scoring twice in 5 games. He’s played in the OHL Cup twice – in 2013 and 2014, the OHL Gold Cup and at the Under-17 Development.

Logan Stanley of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Logan Stanley of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Stanley is a physically imposing defenceman who has no hesitation in using his big frame to throw a big check, battling along the wall and to win battles in front of his goal. Stanley also seems to relish and have fun with the physical game. He also plays it intelligently, not taking himself out of the play looking for a big hit. Of course, his style means that he has to drop the gloves once in a while and Stanley is a willing combatant having dropped the mitts 6 times in his rookie season and already has two fights this season.

Stanley came to the OHL as a very raw kid with some offensive upside and the need to improve on areas of his game. His defensive game has come along since his rookie campaign and he continues to learn and work hard to be a top shut down defender. While his skating is very good, an area he needs to continue to improve on is his speed. His quickness in close is the direst need of improvement. He does possess the ability to skate the length of the ice with the puck.

Stanley also showed he had some offensive abilities in Minor Midget. He is now just beginning to feel more comfortable with jumping into the play. He won’t take many chances at the offensive blue line and plays it safe. If he can show development in the offensive zone it will be the difference between being a second round pick and breaking into the first round at the NHL Draft.

Stanley was listed on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary list of players to watch as a C prospect – a 4th, 5th or 6th round pick. On their updated list in November, Stanley was moved up to a B prospect – a 2nd or 3rd round pick.

“My favourite player in the NHL is Shea Weber and he’s a physical guy who likes to throw his weight around, be physical in his own end. I just try to be like him. I just think its fun to get in other guys’ faces and hit hard and stuff like that. It’s a big part of my game, but also it’s important to be a good skater and make a good first pass. All those three things can make a good defenceman.

Logan Stanley