One yr after their worst-at any time exhibiting at the yearly Ivan Hlinka Memorial Event, Hockey Canada is returning to the Czech Republic with gold on their minds. The 2017 version of Canada’s underneath-18 countrywide men’s group was declared before this 7 days by Hockey Canada as the organization hopes to put final year’s fifth-place finish in their rear-watch mirror.
Returning to the Canadian roster for the 2nd time, the very first player at any time to do so, is Saint John Sea Puppies forward Joe Veleno.
“I do not imagine anyone wishes to be glad with fifth place,” Veleno instructed NHL.com. “Obviously you want to be glad with very first. I’m going to erase every thing that transpired final yr and start from scratch. We’re going to convey some new blood and new expertise on to the ice.”
The Canadian roster attributes 22 players born in 2000, with 21 players qualified for the 2018 NHL Draft and a person, forward Nolan Foote, qualified for the 2019 NHL Draft owing to his late birthday. Veleno will don the C as the club’s captain, with Ty Smith and Jett Woo serving as alternates. The group is an nearly even break up involving Canada’s three significant-junior leagues: eight from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, seven from the Ontario Hockey League, six from the Western Hockey League and a person from junior A’s Ontario Junior Hockey League.
They’re Not Large
Head coach Brent Kisio and Canada’s management group has seemingly opted to emphasize velocity and puck possession with their roster and devices. The group is punctuated with lesser, cellular players, with several massive bodies and various players standing significantly less than 5’10” tall. Hockey Canada also guess heavily on players with earlier international expertise with the organization at either the Environment Below-17 Problem or the Below-18 Environment Championship. The only player devoid of earlier international match expertise is forward Gabriel Fortier.
Arguably the team’s most strong weapons are on the blueline in addition to Smith and Woo, Ryan Merkley and Jared McIsaac also amazed throughout the range camp and will be counted upon to pitch in on both equally sides of the puck. The downside of this year’s crop of little, fast defensemen are the apparent concerns about exactly where the scoring is going to appear from for Canada. The pressure is absolutely on to enhance upon 2016’s performance and convey a medal dwelling, preferably gold, from this year’s Ivan Hlinka occasion.