Hockey Canada announced its rosters for their Summer Showcase for their World Junior, Under-18 and Under-17 programs and of the 194 players invited, three are Penticton Vees. Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro have been invited to the Under-18 camp and incoming defenseman Griffin Mendel has been invited to the Under-17 camp.
As Hockey Canada notes in their press release, this is the inaugural Summer Showcase and the first time they’ve brought together all three of Canada’s national men’s programs in the same city at the same time.
These camps kickoff the process of constructing rosters for the three Canada national men’s programs. Hockey Canada uses these camps to get a feel for which players will suit up for the World Junior team in December, the Under-17 team at the World Under-17 Challenge and the Under-18 at the World U-18 Hockey Championship in April.
Here’s more from Hockey Canada:
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp
From July 31-Aug. 4, 43 players – four goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games at the Markin MacPhail Centre.
Of the 43 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2015 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, Aug. 10-15 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament seven consecutive years and 10 of the last 11.
Canada’s national under-17 development camp
From July 29-Aug. 4, 111 players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defenceman and 63 forwards – will participate in practices and a nine-game mini-tournament on one of six teams: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Red and White.
From the development camp, 66 players will be selected to represent Canada on one of three national teams – Black, Red and White – at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 – Nov. 7 in a yet-to-be-determined host city.
All 111 players have been drafted or listed by CHL teams, including 45 from the Ontario Hockey League, 34 from the Western Hockey League and 32 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
All practices and intrasquad games during the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase, except for the four Team Canada exhibition games against the Czech Republic and Russia, will be open to the public.