CALGARY, AB. – The top 196 players in Canada have been invited to attend men’s camps as part of the National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26-Aug. 6.
In its second summer, the National Teams’ Summer Showcase will bring together Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp (44 players) and Canada’s national under-17 development camp (111 players) in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 6-Aug. 2. Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp (41 players) will be hosted in Toronto July 30 – August 2, and will feature a four-game series against the Finland, Sweden and the United States from August 3-6 in Plymouth, Mich.
Spruce Grove Saints defenceman Ian Mitchell (Calahoo, AB) was selected as one of the elite players invited to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp. AJHL defencemen Ian Mitchell and Jarrod Gourley (Brooks Bandits) won Gold with Team Canada at the 2015 World Under-17 Challenge in November.
From July 29 – August 2, 44 players – four goaltenders, 16 defencemen, and 24 forwards – will participate in practices and three Red-White intrasquad games.
Of the 44 players who have been invited to the selection camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2016 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, August 8-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia. Canada has won the summer under-18 tournament 11 times in the last 12 years, including the last eight consecutive years.