Hockey Canada will assemble the nation’s best men’s, women’s, and sledge team prospects for its annual National Teams’ Summer Showcase, a series of development and selection camps that kick off the 2017-18 season and four Oil Kings staff will be assisting the teams this summer.
The first wave of invites have been issued to 197 men’s team hopefuls. Starting earlier this week, 111 players assembled in Calgary for the national under-17 development camp. Oil Kings defenceman Matthew Robertson and forward Liam Keeler got the invite last month and joining them is Video Coach Michael Chan.
As they wind down their on- and off-ice sessions, a group of 44 players – four goaltenders, 16 defencemen, and 24 forwards – will arrive and vie for a spot on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team during a five-day selection camp. The Oil Kings have two staff assisting Team Canada in Video Coach Jory Stuparyk and physician Dr. Ed Berdusco.
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team will leave Calgary on Aug. 2 following the final roster decisions to compete at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Meanwhile, 42 prospects looking to earn an invitation to selection camp in December will make their way to Plymouth, Mich., for Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp. Among the invitees are four goaltenders, 13 defencemen, and 25 forwards. Oil Kings Head Athletic Therapist Brian Cheeseman will be joining them to help out as well.