16 OHF Players Among 40 Invited to Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops

16 OHF Players Among 40 Invited to Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops

Date: Jul, 24, 2018 02:26 AM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. and CALGARY, Alta. – For 40 of Canada’s top junior hockey players, the quest to fulfill their dream to REPRESENT Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship – being hosted on Canadian ice beginning this December – is well underway as they have received official invites to wear the red-and-white at this summer’s Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, B.C., July 28-Aug. 4.

Of the 40 invited by Hockey Canada, 16 will be representing the OHF; goaltenders - Michael DiPietro, Matthew Villalta, defence - Kevin Bahl, Evan Bouchard and forwards Ty Dellandrea, MacKenzie Entwistle, Alex Formenton, Morgan Frost, Barrett Hayton, Ryan McLeod, Isaac Ratcliffe, Jack Studnicka, Nick Suzuki, Robert Thomas, Owen Tippett, Gabe Vilardi.

Forwards Maxime Comtois (Longueuil, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL), Alex Formenton (King City, Ont./London, OHL), and Robert Thomas (Aurora, Ont./Hamilton, OHL) – won gold with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo last January.

“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 combine to play 11 games at the Sandman Centre. Canada will dress 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 United States on Aug. 4.

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team NHL Draft
Michael DiPietro L 6’0” 193 06/09/99 Amherstburg, Ont. Windsor (OHL) VAN 2017 (3/64)
Matthew Villalta L 6’3” 183 06/03/99 Godfrey, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) LAK 2017 (3/72)
Kevin Bahl L 6’6” 231 06/27/00 Mississauga, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) 2018 Draft
Evan Bouchard R 6’2” 191 10/20/99 Burlington, Ont. London (OHL) 2018 Draft
Ty Dellandrea R 6’0” 190 07/21/00 Port Perry, Ont. Flint (OHL) 2018 Draft
MacKenzie Entwistle R 6’3” 181 07/14/99 Georgetown, Ont. Hamilton (OHL) ARI 2017 (3/69)
Alex Formenton L 6’2” 175 09/13/99 King City, Ont. London (OHL) OTT 2017 (2/47)
Morgan Frost L 6’0” 180 05/14/99 Aurora, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) PHI 2017 (1/27)
Barrett Hayton L 6’1” 191 06/09/00 Peterborough, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2018 Draft
Ryan McLeod L 6’2” 205 09/21/99 Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) 2018 Draft
Isaac Ratcliffe L 6’6” 204 02/15/99 London, Ont. Guelph (OHL) PHI 2017 (2/35)
Jack Studnicka R 6’2” 179 02/18/99 Tecumseh, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) BOS 2017 (2/53)
Nick Suzuki R 5’11” 183 08/10/99 London, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) VGK 2017 (1/13)
Robert Thomas R 6’1” 194 07/02/99 Aurora, Ont. Hamilton (OHL) STL 2017 (1/20)
Owen Tippett R 6’2” 204 02/16/99 Peterborough, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) FLA 2017 (1/10)
Gabe Vilardi R 6’3 " 207 08/16/99 Kingston, Ont. Kingston (OHL) LAK 2017 (1/11)
Management Group Steve Staios Hamilton, Ont. Hamilton (OHL)
Assistant Coach Jim Hulton Kingston, Ont. Charlottetown (QMJHL)
Equipment Manager Dan Lebold Stratford, Ont. Kitchener (OHL)
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.

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For further information please contact:
Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
(403) 519-5754