Calgary, Alta. – A total of 13 Western Hockey League players have been invited to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp ahead of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Six forwards, five defencemen and two goaltenders from the WHL will attend the camp, slated to begin December 9 in Moncton, N.B.
Hockey Canada announced the camp rosters Monday afternoon.
WHL Players – National Men’s Junior Team Summer Camp
|Last Name||First Name||Team||Hometown||Height||Weight||Position|
|Brennan||Tyler||Prince George Cougars||Winnipeg, Man.||6’3”||190||G|
|Milic||Thomas||Seattle Thunderbirds||Coquitlam, B.C.||6’1”||175||G|
|Allan||Nolan||Seattle Thunderbirds||Davidson, Sask.||6’3”||193||D|
|Korchinski||Kevin||Seattle Thunderbirds||Saskatoon, Sask.||6’3”||155||D|
|Lambos||Carson||Winnipeg ICE||Winnipeg, Man.||6’1”||192||D|
|Samson||Ethan||Prince George Cougars||North Delta, B.C.||6’3”||183||D|
|Zellweger||Olen||Everett Silvertips||Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.||5’10”||182||D|
|Bankier||Caedan||Kamloops Blazers||Surrey, B.C.||6’2”||190||F|
|Bedard||Connor||Regina Pats||North Vancouver, B.C.||5’10”||185||F|
|Dach||Colton||Kelowna Rockets||Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.||6’4”||205||F|
|Ostapchuk||Zack||Vancouver Giants||St. Albert, Alta.||6’3”||198||F|
|Schaefer||Reid||Seattle Thunderbirds||Spruce Grove, Alta.||6’4”||219||F|
|Stankoven||Logan||Kamloops Blazers||Kamloops, B.C.||5’8”||170||F|
“We are excited to unveil the 29 players who will begin our journey at selection camp in Moncton as we look ahead to the 2023 World Juniors,” said National Junior Team Director of Player Personnel Alan Millar. “This is an experienced and skilled group, and we expect a competitive selection camp that will lead to difficult decisions when naming a final roster. We are excited about the players who have earned invites to camp, and we look forward to assembling a roster that will wear the Maple Leaf with pride this holiday season.”
Eight WHL Clubs will send at least one player to the National Junior Team Selection Camp. The Seattle Thunderbirds will be represented by four players, while the Kamloops Blazers and Prince George Cougars boast two invitees. The Everett Silvertips, Kelowna Rockets, Regina Pats, Vancouver Giants and Winnipeg ICE will each send one invitee to the Selection Camp.
Bedard, Lambos, Ostapchuk, Stankoven and Zellweger were all part of the Canadian team that captured a gold medal at the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Alta. this past August.
In addition to the 13 WHL players attending the Selection Camp, the coaching and support staff for Canada’s entry at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship is accented by four WHL personnel.
Everett Silvertips head coach and general manager Dennis Williams will serve as Canada’s head coach, while Lethbridge Hurricanes bench boss Brent Kisio has been named an assistant coach.
Prince Albert Raiders goaltending coach Kelly Guard will act as goaltending consultant while Regina Pats equipment manager Gord Cochran will serve in a similar role at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship.
The 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Halifax, N.S. and Moncton, N.B. from December 26, 2022 through January 5, 2023.
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About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 375 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.