November 29, 2016
Hockey Canada unveiled the list of invitees who will report to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in Blainville, Quebec December 10 – 14, 2016. A total of 32 players were invited, with four BC Major Midget League (BCMML) alumni making the list.
|Mathew Barzal||F||Coquitlam||NE Chiefs||Seattle (WHL)|
|Tyson Jost||F||Kelowna||OK Rockets||U. of North Dakota (NCAA)|
|Dante Fabbro||D||Coquitlam||NW Giants||Boston U. (NCAA)|
|Noah Juulsen||D||Abbotsford||FV T-birds||Everett (WHL)|
The selection camp roster includes 19 forwards, 10 defencemen, and three goaltenders.
The evaluation process was led by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s Director of Player Personnel, and Joël Bouchard of the organization’s Program of Excellence management group, with input from coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).
“Congratulations to the 32 players named today to the National Junior Team selection camp roster,” said Scott Salmond, Vice-President of Hockey Operations and Men’s National Teams, Hockey Canada.
“With the number of talented players across Canada, it is a difficult process to get to this point. We are confident that the 22 players who emerge from this camp will wear the Team Canada jersey with pride, and give Canada the best opportunity to play for gold on January 5, 2017.”
Barzal, a product of Burnaby Winter Club, suited up for the Vancouver North East Chiefs during the 2012-2013 season. In 34 games, he recorded 103 points (29 G, 74 A). He then moved on to the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Seattle Thunderbirds and was drafted sixteenth overall in the 2015 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft by the New York Islanders. Barzal was a member of the 2016 National Junior Team.
Jost, a first round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2016, played for Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy before joining the BCMML Okanagan Rockets. In 36 games, Jost tallied 44 goals and 44 assists for 88 points en route to a bronze medal at the TELUS Cup. Jost then joined the Penticton Vees (BCHL), scoring 149 points (65 G, 84 A) in 97 games. He is now playing at the University of North Dakota in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
Fabbro plays for the Boston University Terriers in the Hockey East Conference after a successful career with the Penticton Vees where he scored 100 points (18 G, 82 A) in 91 games. A Nashville Predators first round draft pick, Fabbro grew up playing for Burnaby Winter Club.
Juulsen played for the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds during the 2012-2013 season, tallying 25 points (6 G, 19 A) in 25 games. The 6’3” defenseman grew up playing for the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association and was a first-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2015.
The selection camp will be held at the home of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, the Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau, and will feature three games: two against the USport (formerly known as CIS – Canadian Interuniversity Sports) All-Stars on December 12, 2016 and December 13, 2016, and a final game against the Czech Republic on December 14, 2016.
Following the four day camp, 22 players will be selected to represent Canada and don the maple leaf on home ice for the first time since 2015 when Canada won gold in front of a sold-out crowd of over 19,000 fans at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. This year, gold will be won in Montreal, QC.
Canada plays three pre-tournament games as part of the RBC Road to the World Juniors prior to opening the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Boxing Day against Russia at 5:00PM PT.
Team Canada will then face its U.S. rivals on New Year’s Eve at 12:30PM PT to close out preliminary-round action from Toronto before moving to the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Extensive coverage of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship is planned by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, including Canada’s three (3) pre-tournament games; check local listings for details.