Hockey Canada names Under-18 summer selection camp roster Staff

6/14/2012 9:50:44 PM

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League has named the 40 players who will attend Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team selection camp later this summer.

The roster includes four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 24 forwards.

The camp will take place August 3-6 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.

The players, born in 1995 and 1996, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast, in consultation with head coach Todd Gill and assistant coaches Yanick Jean and Scott Walker.

Prendergast evaluated the players during the 2011-12 season, as well as during the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ont.

"These players are the cream of the crop of under-18 talent in Canada, and it's going to be exciting to see them battle for 22 roster spots," Prendergast said. "As it is every year, there were some tough decisions to get down to 40, and they'll be even tougher decisions to make to finalize the roster."

The camp roster includes 17 players from the OHL, 13 from the WHL and 10 from the QMJHL.

In total, 36 players (four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 22 forwards) competed at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and four (Spencer Martin, Josh Morrissey, Darnell Nurse and Sam Reinhart) helped Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team win a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

Of the 40 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team, which will play in the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, scheduled for August 13-18 in Piestany, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic.