Hockey Canada names 26 WHL players to National Under-17 Development Camp

WHL Network


Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada has invited 26 Western Hockey League players, as part of a group of 112, to attend Canada’s National Under-17 development camp as the road to the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge begins. The camp will take place July 19-26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.

During the week-long camp, the players – 12 goaltenders, 36 defencemen and 64 forwards – will be split into six teams for on- and off-ice training, fitness testing, intrasquad games and classroom studies. The breakdown of WHL players includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 15 forwards.

The list of WHL players invited includes 17 who have already made their WHL debuts, led by Edmonton Oil Kings forward Dylan Guenther, the first-overall selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

“The national under-17 development camp is the first step these athletes take in their Team Canada career,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams in a release issued by Hockey Canada. “Ultimately, these players will learn what it takes to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition. We are here to support their development by providing the on- and off-ice experiences they need to achieve the dream of representing their country.”

Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group representative Martin Mondou (Grand-Mére, Que.) built the roster with assistance from six regional scouts. Shaun Sutter, Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel for the Red Deer Rebels, and Jason Smart, a scout with the Vancouver Giants, served as the two regional scouts from Western Canada.

Following camp, players will be monitored through the early weeks of the 2019-20 season before 66 are named to one of three Canadian teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – competing at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scheduled for Nov. 2-9 in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask.

Media accreditation for the Team Canada Summer Showcase, which includes Canada’s national under-17 development camp, can be requested online. The full camp schedule is available on

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Name Position Height Weight Born Hometown 2018-19 Team WHL Draft
Tyler Brennan Goaltender 6’3” 183 09/27/03 Winnipeg, Man. Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL) PG 2018 (1,21)
Thomas Milic Goaltender 5’10” 141 04/14/03 Coquitlam, B.C. Burnaby Winter Club (CSSHL) SEA 2018 (3,51)
Drew Sim Goaltender 6’2” 201 02/20/03 Tees, Alta. Delta Hockey Academy (CSSHL) VAN 2018 (3,46)
Nolan Allan Defenceman 6’1” 165 04/28/03 Davidson, Sask. Saskatoon Blazers (SMHL) PA 2018 (1,3)
Nolan Bentham Defenceman 6’2” 179 06/12/03 Victoria, B.C. Yale Hockey Academy (CSSHL) VIC 2018 (1,13)
Corson Ceulemans Defenceman 6’1” 187 05/05/03 Beaumont, Alta. OHA Edmonton (CSSHL) MJ 2018 (5,100)
Carson Lambos Defenceman 6’2” 203 01/14/03 Winnipeg, Man. Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL) WPG 2018 (1,2)
Kyle Masters Defenceman 5’10” 151 04/09/03 Edmonton, Alta. OHA Edmonton (CSSHL) RD 2018 (1,16)
Keagan Slaney Defenceman 5’8” 174 04/10/03 Airdrie, Alta. Edge School (CSSHL) EDM 2018 (1,20)
Graham Sward Defenceman 6’2” 159 09/12/03 Abbotsford, B.C. Fraser Valley Thunderbirds (BCMML) SPO 2018 (1,17)
Hudson Thornton Defenceman 5’11” 168 11/04/03 Winnipeg, Man. Rink Hockey Academy (CSSHL) PG 2018 (2,33)
Craig Armstrong Forward 5’6” 161 06/05/03 Airdrie, Alta. Edge School (CSSHL) PG 2018 (1,9)
Jake Chiasson Forward 6’1” 157 05/25/03 Abbotsford, B.C. Yale Hockey Academy (CSSHL) BDN 2018 (1,15)
Colton Dach Forward 6’1″ 164 01/04/03 Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. Fort Saskatchewan (AMHL) SAS 2018 (1,6)
Jayden Grubbe Forward 6’2” 180 01/12/03 Calgary, Alta. Calgary Buffaloes (AMHL) RD 2018 (1,7)
Dylan Guenther Forward 6’0” 162 04/10/03 Edmonton, Alta. Northern Alberta (CSSHL) EDM 2018 (1,1)
Tyson Laventure Forward 6’1” 170 01/28/03 Lloydminster, Alta. OHA Edmonton (CSSHL) PA 2018 (2,31)
Zack Ostapchuk Forward 6’2” 174 05/29/03 St. Albert, Alta. Northern Alberta (CSSHL) VAN 2018 (1,12)
Conner Roulette Forward 5’11” 160 05/13/03 Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL) SEA 2018 (2,34)
Matthew Savoie Forward 5’9” 172 01/01/04 St. Albert, Alta. Northern Alberta (CSSHL) WPG 2019 (1,1)
Cole Sillinger Forward 6’0” 181 05/16/03 Regina, Sask. Regina (SMHL) MH 2018 (1,11)
Logan Stankoven Forward 5’7” 168 02/26/03 Kamloops, B.C. Thompson Blazers (BCMML) KAM 2018 (1,5)
Zack Stringer Forward 6’0” 147 04/10/03 Lethbridge, Alta. Lethbridge (AMHL) LET 2018 (1,8)
Sean Tschigerl Forward 5’11” 173 04/11/03 Edmonton, Alta. OHA Edmonton (CSSHL) CGY 2018 (1,4)
Kai Uchacz Forward 6’0” 175 06/24/03 Foothills, Alta. Okotoks (AMHL) SEA 2018 (1,10)
Trevor Wong Forward 5’8” 134 05/04/03 Vancouver, B.C. Greater Vancouver Canadians (BCMML) KEL 2018 (1,18)

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 350 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.

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