– Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), with
assistance from NHL Central Scouting, have zeroed in on a list of 100
players from across the country who are invited to selection camps in
advance of the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.
The players were selected from among the CJHL’s five eastern Junior A
leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario
Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de
hockey junior du Québec (LHJQ), and Maritime Hockey League (MHL). Staff will use the camp as a final opportunity to evaluate the
prospects before selecting the roster for Team Canada East at the World
Junior A Challenge.
“A tremendous amount of work has gone in to this process of
talent-identification by our Team Canada East staff since the beginning of
this season,” said Paul Currie (Stratford, P.E.I.), director of operations
for Team Canada East. “It was an incredible effort to go from 70 teams
across the five eastern CJHL leagues to this group of 40 players, and we
are looking forward to a very competitive camp as we look to narrow down
this talent pool to a final 22-player roster that will represent the team
in Truro next month.”
Team Canada East, the 2016 silver-medallist, will open this year’s
tournament against Russia in prime time on Sunday, Dec. 10, when the World
Junior A Challenge returns to Atlantic Canada this December.
Meanwhile, a group of
60 invitees will assemble in Calgary from Dec. 2-5 for four days of practices and games as
part of the Team Canada West
selection camp at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. The players were
selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British
Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL),
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League
(MJHL), and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).
The Team Canada West coaching staff and its director of operations, Kevin
Saurette (Winnipeg/MJHL), will use the selection camp to make their final
evaluations – with input from the camp’s guest coaches – before naming the final Team
Canada West roster.
“As a group, we are very excited at the depth of talent, character, and
work ethic of the 60 players that have been identified for selection camp,”
said Saurette. “We look forward to watching these players earn the
opportunity to represent Team Canada West at what will be a very
competitive selection camp. It is always a difficult process to narrow down
and identify 60 players from the five leagues in the west, and I commend
our coaching staff on all their hard work, dedication, and professionalism
through this process.”
Team Canada West will open its tournament against the Czech Republic at
3:30 p.m. AT on Dec. 10.
New ticket options launched for World Junior A Challenge
Full-tournament packages – which give fans the best value at $175
(including fees and applicable taxes) and are the only way to secure
reserved seating (all other ticket options will be general admission) –
include all 13 tournament games and are available online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets,
in-person at the RECC, or by calling 1.888.311.9090. An evening-game
package, which includes a general admission ticket to all six evening games
plus the gold-medal game, is now also available in limited quantities
starting at $99.50.
Beginning on Friday, Dec. 1, all other ticket options will also be
available, including single-game tickets, a $25 Day Pass valid for
single-day use Dec. 10-14, and a Family Four-Pack for $49.50.
The RECC in Truro will also host two pre-tournament games on Friday,
Dec. 8. At 3:30 p.m. AT, the Czech Republic will take on the Truro
Bearcats, while Team Canada East will play the United States at 7:30 p.m. that same
evening. Team Canada West and Russia will travel to nearby Amherst for a
7:30 p.m. pre-tournament game on Dec. 8 as well as a warm-up to the
official puck-drop on the World Junior A Challenge on Dec. 10. Tickets for
the pre-tournament games will go on sale Dec. 1 at
HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets or at the RECC and Amherst Stadium box offices.
The World Junior A Challenge is made possible thanks to the partnership
between Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and NHL Central Scouting, and features two
Canadian teams, representing East and West, as well as four international
teams vying for a gold medal. Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World
Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada
West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took
home gold in 2011 and 2015. The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009,
and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013. Team Canada East won silver medals in
2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016, as well as claiming the bronze medal in