Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Thursday 17 players who will be a part of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, which will be held April 16-26 in Zug and Lucerne, Switzerland.
The roster includes two goaltenders, seven defencemen and eight forwards.
CHL Players on Team Canada:
Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit)
Zachary Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Guillaume Brisebois (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves)
Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Jeremy Roy (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Matthew Spencer (Peterborough Petes)
Parker Wotherspoon (Tri-City Americans)
Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current Broncos)
Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars)
Nathan Noel (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Deven Sideroff (Kamloops Blazers)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)
The players selected, born in 1997, were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel, with support from head coach Tim Hunter (Calgary, Alta./Moose Jaw, WHL) and assistant coaches Ian Herbers (Jasper, Alta./University of Alberta, CWUAA) and Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL). Jankowski evaluated the players during the 2014-15 season, following them along with numerous other candidates during league play, as well as in international competition.
The roster includes 10 players (Barzal, Bear, Beauvillier, Brisebois, Harkins, J. Roy, N. Roy, Sawchenko, Spencer and Stephens) who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2014 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last August, and one (Barzal) who won bronze at last year’s IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.
Hockey Canada has invited select under-age players that will travel to Switzerland and play in pre-tournament games to get added experience playing international competition before returning to Canada prior to the start of the world championship.
CHL Underage Players for Pre-Competition Camp:
Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Players that have been eliminated from the Canadian Hockey League playoffs will be added to complete the roster for the tournament.
Canada will play a pair of pre-tournament games, both in Zug; it will face Slovakia on April 13 (1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a..m. PT) before taking on Germany on April 14 (noon ET/9 a.m. PT).
Canada opens the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship on April 16 against Latvia, and will also face the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland during preliminary round play.
Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team has won three gold medals the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, in 2003, 2008 and 2013, along with one silver (2005) and two bronze (2012, 2014).