CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has announced the roster of 43 players who will wear the Maple Leaf at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp, July 27 to Aug. 4 in Plymouth, Mich., and two Niagara IceDogs players were included.
Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group member Mark Hunter (Petrolia, Ont./London, OHL) put the roster together, and will continue to monitor the athletes through the start of the 2019-20 season ahead of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
“We’re very pleased with the group that will be brought together in Plymouth,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams. “This is a development opportunity for some of the younger athletes, and it’s a great opportunity for our coaching staff and players to start developing a solid relationship ahead of the World Juniors.”
Thomas is a 2018 second-round NHL draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings. He won a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, and represented Team Canada White at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Thomas also wore the red-and-white at the 2017 and 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship. Thomas was invited to the Canadian 2018 NJT U20 Summer Development Camp, but was unable to finish camp, due to injury.
Tomasino, who is draft eligible in Friday’s 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, has previously represented Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (Team Canada Black), and at the recent 2019 IIHF U18 World Hockey Championship, where he collected 5 points in 6 games.
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