(CALGARY, AB) – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Friday a roster of 28 players that will represent Canada in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge in August, an event that replaces Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp for this season.
Canada’s roster, comprised of three goaltenders, 10 defensemen and 15 forwards, was selected by Kevin Prendergast, head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada, along with Hockey Canada senior director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond, and the team’s coaching staff, comprised of head coach Steve Spott (Waterloo, Ont./Kitchener, OHL), Mario Duhamel (St-Bruno, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL), Don Nachbaur (Prince George, B.C./Spokane, WHL) and André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL).
Prendergast will continue to monitor these players and other potential candidates during the first few months of the 2012-13 season and at the CHL Subway Super Series to determine who will be invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp in December. In total, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, December 26, 2012 to January 5, 2013 in Ufa, Russia.
Canada’s roster includes seven players who won bronze with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta: defensemen Dougie Hamilton (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL), Scott Harrington (Kingston, Ont./London, OHL) and Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Everett, WHL) and forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./Niagara, OHL). A number of the players on Canada’s roster in Yaroslavl, Russia and in Halifax, N.S., will be front and centre at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on June 22-23 in Pittsburgh, where many are expected to be selected in the first and second rounds.
The 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge is a collaboration between Hockey Canada, the Canadian Hockey League and Halifax Trade Centre Limited, which will see Canada and Russia’s national junior programs face off in four games, two in Russia and two in Canada, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.