Canada's world junior summer development squad will put their skills to the test in a series of exhibition games, beginning tonight against the Czech Republic from Montreal's Ed Meagher Arena.
Watch the game live and exclusively on TSN.ca and TSN GO at 7pm et/4pm pt. All of Canada's exhibition games will be streamed live on TSN.ca and TSN GO. See schedule below.
Hockey Canada invited 41 players to take part in the development camp that runs until Friday. The list includes 11 returning members from the squad that finished fourth at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship in Malmo, Sweden.
Connor McDavid, Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Drouin headline the returnees. They are joined by a wealth of prospects from Canadian NHL clubs, including Winnipeg Jets prospects Nicolas Petan and Josh Morrissey, Montreal Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale, Toronto Maple Leafs pick Frederik Gauthier, Vancouver Canucks prospect Bo Horvat and Ottawa Senators pick Curtis Lazar.
The list also features five players that were selected in the Top 10 of the 2014 NHL Draft: Sam Bennett, Michael Dal Colle, Jake Virtanen, Nick Ritchie and Haydn Fleury.
Other prospects of note that got invited include Darnell Nurse and Greg Chase (Edmonton), Max Domi (Phoenix), Morgan Klimchuk (Calgary), Eric Comrie (Winnipeg), Jeremy Gregoire (Montreal) and Ben Harpur (Ottawa).
A total of 22 players will be selected to represent Canada.
Following the exhibition games, Canada will open the 11-day tournament on Dec. 26 with a group game against Slovakia in Montreal. Canada will play its four round-robin matches at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The Canadians are in Group A with the United States, Finland, Slovakia and Germany.
Toronto will welcome teams from Group B, which includes Russia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The gold-medal game will take place at the Air Canada Centre on Jan. 5.
Live and exclusively streaming on TSN.ca and TSN GO:
Tue, Aug 5: Canada vs. Czech Republic at 7pm et/4pm pt
Wed, Aug 6: Canada vs. Russia at 7pm et/4pm pt
Thu, Aug 7: Canada vs. Russia at 7pm et/4pm pt
Fri, Aug 8: Canada vs. Czech Republic at Noon et/9am pt