THE NATION COMES TO EDMONTON

Edmonton will host most of the best under-20 players our country has to offer starting Wednesday August 3rd. Hockey Canada has invited 47 players to this year’s camp; four goalies, 17 D-men and 26 forwards, but some of the invitees will likely be in the NHL in October, and won’t be available to help Canada try and regain the gold medal after back-to-back silver medals.

Alberta hasn’t hosted the WJC since 1995 when Red Deer did an outstanding job of welcoming the junior hockey world. Canada won gold in 1995, the third of five consecutive gold medals, and 1995 was the last tournament decided by the round robin standings. In 1996 they implemented the the 2 groups, round-robin/preliminaries and playoff format. In the 16 years of the playoff format Canada has seven golds, six silvers, three bronze and an 8th in 1998. I’m sure non-Canuck fans attribute that 8th place finish to having Roberto Luongo starting in goal, but I digress.

Earlier this week Hockey Canada added hulking D-man, Jamieson Oleksiak, who was drafted 14th overall by the Dallas Stars this past June to the roster. The late addition of Oleksiak leaves team Red with nine D-men, which isn’t ideal, but they couldn’t pass up a guy with his size. Oleksiak’s mother is American and his father is Canadian. He went to the USA junior camp last year and he was torn over which camp he should attend this year. He finally decided on Canada and Hockey Canada wisely accepted him this week.

It will be an exciting camp that wraps up with two Red and White games. The first game goes Saturday August 6th at 7:00 p.m. at Rexall Place in Edmonton, while the second game is Sunday August 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Fort McMurray. Five local players should have a large cheering section. Oilers’ draft picks Tyler Bunz and Dillon Simpson are from St. Albert and Edmonton respectively, while Joe Morrow, Mark Pysyk and Duncan Siemens are from Sherwood Park.

Here are the rosters for the Red and White games. The seven returning players have an * beside their name. 

TEAM RED/ ÉQUIPE ROUGE
Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team Pro Status
Nom T/C G. P. Ville d’origine Équipe de club Statut prof.
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Louis Domingue R/D 6’3” 191 03/06/92 Mont St-Hilaire, Que./QC Quebec (QMJHL) PHX ’10 (5, 138)
*Mark Visentin L/G 6’1.5” 198 08/07/92 Waterdown, Ont. Niagara (OHL) PHX ’10 (1, 27)
Defence/Défense
Nathan Beaulieu L/G 6’1.5” 175 12/05/92 Strathroy, Ont. Saint John (QMJHL) MTL ’11 (1, 17)
Cody Ceci R/D 6’1.5” 203 12/21/93 Ottawa, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
Brandon Gormley L/G 6’2” 192 02/18/92 Murray River, P.E.I./I.-P.-E. Moncton (QMJHL) PHX ’10 (1, 13)
*Erik Gudbranson R/D 6’4” 211 01/07/92 Orleans, Ont. Kingston (OHL) FLA ’10 (1, 3)
Scott Harrington L/G 6’0.5” 200 03/10/93 Kingston, Ont. London (OHL) PIT ’11 (2, 54)
Martin Lefebvre L/G 5’11” 180 06/23/92 Terrebonne, Que./QC Quebec (QMJHL) Undrafted/Non-rep.
Jamie Oleksiak L/G 6’7" 244 12/21/92 Toronto, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) DAL ’11 (1, 14)
Mark Pysyk R/D 6’1” 187 01/11/92 Sherwood Park, Alta./Alb. Edmonton (WHL) BUF ’10 (1, 23)
Dillon Simpson L/G 6’0.5” 192 02/10/93 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. North Dakota (WCHA) EDM ’11 (4, 92)
Forwards/Avants
Michaël Bournival L/G 5’11” 179 05/31/92 Shawinigan-Sud, Que./QC Shawinigan (QMJHL) MTL/COL ’10 (3, 71)
*Brett Connolly R/D 6’2” 181 05/02/92 Prince George, B.C./C.-B. Prince George (WHL) TB ’10 (1, 6)
Brendan Gallagher R/D 5’8.5” 175 06/05/92 Tsawwassen, B.C./C.-B. Vancouver (WHL) MTL ’10 (5, 147)
Freddie Hamilton R/D 6’0.5” 190 01/01/92 Toronto, Ont. Niagara (OHL) SJ ’10 (5, 129)
Patrick Holland R/D 5’11.5” 167 01/07/92 Lethbridge, Alta./Alb. Tri-City (WHL) CGY ’10 (7, 193)
Jonathan Huberdeau L/G 6’1” 170 06/04/93 Prévost, Que./QC Saint John (QMJHL) FLA ’11 (1, 3)
*Ryan Johansen R/D 6’2” 193 07/31/92 Port Moody, B.C./C.-B. Portland (WHL) CBJ ’10 (1, 4)
Lucas Lessio L/G 6’1” 197 01/23/93 Maple, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) PHX ’11 (2, 56)
Brett Ritchie R/D 6’3” 210 07/01/93 Orangeville, Ont. Sarnia (OHL) DAL ’11 (2, 44)
Michael Sgarbossa L/G 5’10” 171 07/25/92 Campbellville, Ont. Sudbury (OHL) SJ ’10 (FA/JA)
Ryan Spooner L/G 5’10” 181 01/30/92 Kanata, Ont. Kingston (OHL) BOS ’10 (2, 45)
Mark Stone R/D 6’2.5” 195 05/13/92 Winnipeg, Man. Brandon (WHL) OTT ’10 (6, 178)
Ryan Strome R/D 6’0” 175 07/11/93 Mississauga, Ont. Niagara (OHL) NYI ’11 (1, 5)

   

TEAM WHITE/ ÉQUIPE BLANCHE
Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team Pro Status
Nom T/C G. P. Ville d’origine Équipe de club Statut prof.
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Tyler Bunz L/G 6’1” 200 02/11/92 St. Albert, Alta./Alb. Medicine Hat (WHL) EDM ’10 (5, 121)
Scott Wedgewood L/G 6’0.5” 185 08/14/92 Brampton, Ont. Plymouth (OHL) NJ ’10 (3, 84)
Defence/Défense
Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc R/D 6’1.5” 180 07/30/92 Quebec City, Que./QC Rimouski (QMJHL) BUF ’10 (3, 68)
Dougie Hamilton R/D 6’4” 187 06/17/93 Toronto, Ont. Niagara (OHL) BOS ’11 (1, 9)
Joe Morrow L/G 6’0” 197 12/09/92 Sherwood Park, Alta./Alb. Portland (WHL) PIT ’11 (1, 23)
Ryan Murphy R/D 5’11” 176 03/31/93 Aurora, Ont. Kitchener (OHL) CAR ’11 (1, 12)
Ryan Murray L/G 6’0.5” 190 09/27/93 White City, Sask. Everett (WHL) 2012 Dft/Rep.
Stuart Percy L/G 6’0.5” 186 05/18/93 Oakville, Ont. Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL) TOR ’11 (1, 25)
Matthew Petgrave L/G 6’1” 185 01/28/92 Brampton, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) Undrafted/Non-rep.
Duncan Siemens L/G 6’2.5” 192 09/07/93 Sherwood Park, Alta./Alb. Saskatoon (WHL) COL ’11 (1, 11)
Forwards/Avants
*Sean Couturier L/G 6’3” 192 12/07/92 Bathurst, N.B./N.-B. Drummondville (QMJHL) PHI ’11 (1, 8)
Phillip Danault L/G 6’2” 170 02/24/93 Victoriaville, Que./QC Victoriaville (QMJHL) CHI ’11 (1, 26)
*Quinton Howden L/G 6’2.5” 192 01/21/92 Oak Bank, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) FLA ’10 (1, 25)
Boone Jenner L/G 6’1” 204 06/15/93 Dorchester, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) CBJ ’11 (2, 37)
Greg McKegg L/G 5’11.5” 194 06/17/92 St. Thomas, Ont. Erie (OHL) TOR ’10 (3, 62)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins L/G 6’0” 166 04/12/93 Burnaby, B.C./C.-B. Red Deer (WHL) EDM ’11 (1, 1)
Matthew Puempel L/G 6’0” 198 01/24/93 Essex, Ont. Peterborough (OHL) OTT ’11 (1, 24)
Ty Rattie R/D 5’11” 163 02/05/93 Airdrie, Alta./Alb. Portland (WHL) STL ’11 (2, 32)
Mark Scheifele R/D 6’1.5” 182 03/15/93 Kitchener, Ont. Barrie (OHL) WPG ’11 (1, 7)
*Jaden Schwartz L/G 5’10” 184 06/25/92 Emerald Park, Sask. Colorado College (WCHA) STL ’10 (1, 14)
Devante Smith-Pelly R/D 6’0” 207 06/14/92 Scarborough, Ont. Misssissauga St. Michael’s (OHL) ANA ’10 (2, 42)
Christian Thomas R/D 5’8.5” 170 05/26/92 Toronto, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) NYR ’10 (2, 40)
Tyler Toffoli R/D 6’0” 181 04/24/92 Scarborough, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) LA ’10 (2, 47)

Johansen and Gudbranson will lmost likely be playing for Columbus and Florida this year, so realistically they are only here to get ready for the NHL. I think Nugent-Hopkins will play in Edmonton, while Howden, Huberdeau, Couturier, Connolly, Schwartz, Strome and Scheifele might stick in the Show as well. The battle for the 13 forward positions will be the most intriguing, considering we could see as many as five or six of them stick with their NHL teams.

Visentin seems like  a lock to grab one of the goalie spots, while Pysyk and Gormley will anchor the blueline. It will be a competitive battle for the five remaining spots on the blueline between Siemens, Hamilton, Oleksiak, Gauthier-Leduc, Morrow, Beaulieu, Murphy and the highly-skilled Murray and Ceci.

All the Canadian teams, except Vancouver, will be represented next week.

CALGARY
Patrick Holland

WINNIPEG
Mark Scheifele

OTTAWA
Matt Stone
Matt Puempel

TORONTO
Greg McKegg
Stuart Percy

MONTREAL
Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival (Acquired from Col for Ryan O’Byrne)
Nathan Beaulieu

EDMONTON
Tyler Bunz
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Dillon Simpson

If you need a hockey fix to get you through the rest of the summer, I recommend grabbing some tickets for one of the Red and White games. They are highly competitive and the effort and energy is incredible.