ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SUMMER DEVELOPMENT CAMP
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced that 51 players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp, July 28-Aug. 4 at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary.
Five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 30 forwards will be part of the eight-day camp, participating in a variety of on- and off-ice sessions. The camp will also feature combined practices and intrasquad games with players attending Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team summer development camp on Aug. 2-3.
The roster includes five players who won a silver medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship (Byfield, Drysdale, Garand, Guhle, Perfetti). Of the 51 players invited, 28 were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft, 22 hope to have their names called at the 2021 draft and one is eligible in 2022.
“This is an exciting first step as we begin preparations for the upcoming season and the opportunity to compete at the World Juniors on home ice,” said Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.), director of player personnel for the Program of Excellence. “We are excited about these 51 players, and we look forward to returning to the ice for a highly competitive camp to kick off a new season.”
Coaching staff unveiled for Canada’s National Junior Team
Hockey Canada also announced it will work with an experienced coaching staff to guide Canada’s National Junior Team through the 2021-22 season, culminating with the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., in December and January.
Dave Cameron (Kinkora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL) has been named head coach, replacing André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que.), who was named head coach of the Arizona Coyotes on July 1. In addition, Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) will return as an assistant coach; he will be joined by assistants Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Gatineau, QMJHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), and goaltending consultant Olivier Michaud (Beloeil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL).
“We are excited to welcome five experienced coaches to Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2021-22 season, all of whom bring a wealth of experience from the National Hockey League, Canadian Hockey League and internationally,” said Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of hockey operations. “We know these five men will represent our country with pride as they use their leadership and expertise to help Canada compete for a gold medal this December.”
The support staff that will work with Canada’s National Junior Team at summer camp and the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship includes:
- Program of Excellence management group lead James Boyd (Midland, Ont./Ottawa, OHL)
- Video coach Elliott Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que.)
- Equipment managers Chris Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa, OHL)and Brian St-Louis (Hull, Que./Baie-Comeau, QMJHL)
- Athletic therapists Mike Burnstein (Hamilton, Ont./Vancouver, WHL) and Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
- Team physician Barry Wiens (Red Deer, Alta./Red Deer, WHL)
- Mental performance consultant Ryan Hamilton (Fredericton, N.B.)
- Hockey operations senior manager Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C.)
- Hockey operations manager Chelsea Stewart (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
- Hockey operations coordinator Jacob Dubé (Cochrane, Alta.)
- Security liaison Bob Martin (London, Ont./London, OHL)
- Media relations director Dominick Saillant (Montmorency, Que.)
The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice this winter, with Edmonton and Red Deer set to co-host the annual holiday tradition from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022. Games will be played at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and at the Peavey Mart Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.
For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.