40 invited to World Junior Showcase in Kamloops

in Other News, tournaments


July 4, 2018

Hockey Canada, Calgary –

For 40 of Canada’s top junior hockey players (see roster below), the quest to fulfill their dream to represent Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship – being hosted in Vancouver and Victoria this December – is well underway as they have received official invites to wear the red-and-white at the Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, July 28-August 4.

Of the four goaltenders, 12 defencemen, and 24 forwards on the summer roster for Canada’s National Junior Team, three players – forwards Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, QC/Drummondville, QMJHL), Alex Formenton (King City, ON/London, OHL), and Robert Thomas (Aurora, ON/Hamilton, OHL) – won gold with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo last January.

As expected, the roster is dominated by high NHL draft picks drawn almost exclusively from the Canadian Hockey League (comprising the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).

The OHL leads the way, with 16 invites, followed by the WHL with 11 and the QMJHL with 10.

Only three non-CHL players have been invited. Alberta defencemen Jacob Bernard-Docker, a first round pick of the Ottawa Senators, plays for Okotoks in the AJHL and Ian Mitchell, a second round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, plays for University of Denver. Nova Scotia forward Shane Bowers, another Ottawa first rounder, plays for Boston University.

17 First Rounders

The roster is made up of 17 first rounders, 14 second rounders, five third rounders, one from the 5th round (BC’s Justin Almeida – Pittsburgh 2018), and one undrafted signed free agent (BC’s Jordy Bellerive, Pittsburg 2017). Two players eligible for the 2019 draft complete the roster – Halifax goalie, Matthew Welsh and Quebec forward Joel Teasdale.

Surrey’s 6’6″ forward Michael Rasmussen, the 9th overall pick from the 2017 draft (Detroit), rounds out the three BC picks.

In terms of home provinces, Ontario lead the way with 16 selects, Quebec was next with seven, followed closely by Manitoba with six, Alberta with four, and BC with the three noted above. PEI received one invite, defenseman Noah Dobson.

Brad McEwen, head scout

“The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase gives us an excellent opportunity to begin the evaluation process and for the staff to familiarize themselves with the players before the new season kicks off,” said Brad McEwen, head scout for Hockey Canada. “We also get to see the players in competition against the teams who will be returning to Vancouver and Victoria this December. It’s a unique opportunity, and we’re looking forward to making the most of it as we kick off our journey to the 2019 World Juniors later this month.”

The eight-day Sport Chek World Junior Showcase features Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States, who will play 11 games at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.

Canada will ice two squads for games against a split Team USA on July 31, before combining again as Team Canada to play Finland on Aug. 2, Sweden on Aug. 3, and close the mini-tournament against the U.S. on Aug. 4.

Ticket packages that include all Showcase games are available online at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets and at the Sandman Centre box office for as low as $99 plus fees.

Fans from across all of Canada, and around the world, are gearing up to REPRESENT when the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship opens in Vancouver and Victoria on Dec. 26, 2018.

The sale of full-event ticket packages have outpaced initial projections as the West Coast prepares to REPRESENT for the first time since 2006. Limited full-event ticket packages and new nine- and 10-game packages are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets.

For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow through social media on Facebook, and Twitter or Twitter/HC_Men.


Name S/C Ht. Wt. DoB Hometown Club Team NHL Draft
Michael DiPietro L 6’0” 193 6/9/99 Amherstburg, ON Windsor (OHL) VAN 2017 (3/64)
Olivier Rodrigue L 6’1” 158 6/6/00 Chicoutimi, QC Drummondville (QMJHL) EDM 2018 (2/62)
Matthew Villalta L 6’3” 183 6/3/99 Godfrey, ON Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) LAK 2017 (3/72)
Matthew Welsh L 5’11” 177 7/13/99 Halifax, NS Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2019 Draft
Calen Addison R 5’11” 178 4/11/00 Brandon, MB Lethbridge (WHL) PIT 2018 (2/53)
Kevin Bahl L 6’6” 231 6/27/00 Mississauga, ON Ottawa (OHL) ARI 2018 (2/55)
Nicolas Beaudin L 5’11” 175 10/7/99 Châteauguay, QC Drummondville (QMJHL) CHI 2018 (1/27)
Jacob Bernard-Docker R 6’0” 171 6/20/00 Canmore, AB Okotoks (AJHL) OTT 2018 (1/26)
Evan Bouchard R 6’2” 191 10/20/99 Burlington, ON London (OHL) EDM 2018 (1/10)
Josh Brook R 6’1” 192 6/17/99 Roblin, MB Moose Jaw (WHL) MTL 2017 (2/56)
Noah Dobson R 6’3” 178 1/7/00 Summerside, PEI Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) NYI 2018 (1/12)
Pierre-Olivier Joseph L 6’2” 168 7/1/99 Chambly, QC Charlottetown (QMJHL) ARI 2017 (1/23)
Jared McIsaac L 6’1” 195 3/27/00 Truro, NS Halifax (QMJHL) DET 2018 (2/36)
Ian Mitchell R 5’11” 174 1/18/99 Calahoo, AB University of Denver (NCHC) CHI 2017 (2/57)
Ty Smith L 5’10” 170 3/24/00 Lloydminster, AB Spokane (WHL) NJD 2018 (1/17)
Jett Woo R 6’0” 201 7/27/00 Winnipeg, MB Moose Jaw (WHL) VAN 2018 (2/37)
Justin Almeida L 5’11” 160 2/6/99 Kitimat, BC Moose Jaw (WHL) PIT 2018 (5/129)
Jaret Anderson-Dolan L 5’11” 195 9/12/99 Calgary, AB Spokane (WHL) LAK 2017 (2/41)
Jordy Bellerive L 5’11” 192 5/2/99 North Vancouver, BC Lethbridge (WHL) PIT 2017 (FA/JL)
Shane Bowers R 6’0” 178 7/30/99 Herring Cove, NS Boston University (HE) OTT 2017 (1/28)
Maxime Comtois L 6’2” 212 1/8/99 Longueuil, QC Drummondville (QMJHL) ANA 2017 (2/50)
Ty Dellandrea R 6’0” 190 7/21/00 Port Perry, ON Flint (OHL) DAL 2018 (1/13)
Connor Dewar L 5’10” 175 6/26/99 The Pas, MB Everett (WHL) MIN 2018 (3/92)
MacKenzie Entwistle R 6’3” 181 7/14/99 Georgetown, ON Hamilton (OHL) ARI 2017 (3/69)
Alex Formenton L 6’2” 175 9/13/99 King City, ON London (OHL) OTT 2017 (2/47)
Morgan Frost L 6’0” 180 5/14/99 Aurora, ON Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) PHI 2017 (1/27)
Cody Glass R 6’2” 177 4/1/99 Winnipeg, MB Portland (WHL) VGK 2017 (1/6)
Barrett Hayton L 6’1” 191 6/9/00 Peterborough, ON Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) ARI 2018 (1/5)
Stelio Mattheos R 6’1” 200 6/14/99 Winnipeg, MB Brandon (WHL) CAR 2017 (3/73)
Ryan McLeod L 6’2” 205 9/21/99 Mississauga, ON Mississauga (OHL) EDM 2018 (2/40)
Antoine Morand L 5’11” 182 2/18/99 Mercier, QC Halifax (QMJHL) ANA 2017 (2/60)
Michael Rasmussen L 6’6” 221 4/17/99 South Surrey, BC Tri-City (WHL) DET 2017 (1/9)
Isaac Ratcliffe L 6’6” 204 2/15/99 London, ON Guelph (OHL) PHI 2017 (2/35)
Jack Studnicka R 6’2” 179 2/18/99 Tecumseh, ON Oshawa (OHL) BOS 2017 (2/53)
Nick Suzuki R 5’11” 183 8/10/99 London, ON Owen Sound (OHL) VGK 2017 (1/13)
Joël Teasdale L 6’0” 201 3/11/99 Beloeil, QC Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2019 Draft
Robert Thomas R 6’1” 194 7/2/99 Aurora, ON Hamilton (OHL) STL 2017 (1/20)
Owen Tippett R 6’2” 204 2/16/99 Peterborough, ON Mississauga (OHL) FLA 2017 (1/10)
Joe Veleno L 6’1” 195 1/13/00 Kirkland, QC Drummondville (QMJHL) DET 2018 (1/30)
Gabe Vilardi R 6’3″ 207 8/16/99 Kingston, ON Kingston (OHL) LAK 2017 (1/11)