Owen Sound Attack Captain Aidan Dudas has been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Sportchek Selection Camp in Oakville beginning December 9th and running until the 12th.
Hockey Canada will use the camp as an opportunity to continue its selection process as they prepare for the World Juniors in the Czech Republic.
Aidan Dudas is excited but acknowledges that it’s tough timing with his current injury: “I’m really happy to have this chance with Hockey Canada. It’s disappointing to get hurt at this time, but I’m going to be good to go.” He adds: “An opportunity to be part of the National Junior Team is something every player dreams of and I’m looking to make the most of it.”
As part of the selection process, Canadian hopefuls will play two games against a U SPORTS all-star team, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. ET and Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets for both games are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets starting at $15 per game or $25 for both. All practices will be open to the public.
Following the camp, the team will travel to Europe for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, looking to add to the 31 medals (17 gold, nine silver, five bronze) Canada has won at the tournament since 1977. Team Canada last took top spot in Buffalo in 2018.
Last year, Nick Suzuki and Markus Phillips represented the Owen Sound Attack as members of Team Canada. Former Attack forward Jonah Gadjovich was part of the team that won the gold medal in 2018.
Attack Head Coach Al Letang was previously added to Team Canada’s Hockey Operations staff as a pre-scout coach for the tournament.
Hockey Canada release
27 CHL PLAYERS INVITED TO HOCKEY CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP
CALGARY, Alta. – With less than one month until the puck drops on the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada has named the 31 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ont.
The roster was selected by head scout Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), Shawn Bullock (Wainwright, Alta.), director of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada, and Mark Hunter (Petrolia, Ont./London, OHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. Head coach Dale Hunter (Petrolia, Ont./London, OHL) and assistant coaches Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL), André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and Alan Letang (Renfrew, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) also provided input, along with coaches and general managers across the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).
The players, including four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26-Jan. 5.
Among the 31 players are three returnees from the 2019 World Juniors – Alexis Lafrenière (Saint-Eustache, Que./Rimouski, QMJHL), Jared McIsaac (Truro, N.S./Halifax, QMJHL) and Ty Smith (Lloydminster, Alta./Spokane, WHL).
“After a long evaluation process through summer camp, the early weeks of the CHL season and the Canada-Russia Series, we are nearing the final steps in selecting the roster that will represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said McEwen. “We are expecting a highly competitive camp from these 31 players, and we know there will be many difficult decisions when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in the Czech Republic.”
CHL Players Invited to Selection Camp:
Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Joel Hofer (Portland Winterhawks)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Olivier Rodrigue (Moncton Wildcats)
Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Braden Schneider (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Halifax Mooseheads)
Peyton Krebs (Winnipeg ICE)
Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)
Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Dawson Mercer (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12. Tickets for selection camp are available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, starting at $15 plus fees.
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and #WorldJuniors.
The Owen Sound Attack have acquired forward Matthew Struthers from the North Bay Battalion in exchange for three draft picks.
The North Bay overage forward began his career in Owen Sound before being moved to the Battalion in 2018. In 25 games this season with the Troops, Struthers has scored ten times and added ten assists for 21 points.
The picks headed to North Bay are all of Owen Sound's and include a 2nd in 2022, a 3rd in 2023 and a 6th in 2024.
Attack General Manager Dale DeGray is excited to have Struthers back in the Scenic City: "He's a great leader, he's going to make an immediate impact in our room. We have a young group of guys and he's really going to show them what it means to come to the rink every day and perform. He's going to be huge on the ice as well. Matt's only grown since we sent him to North Bay two years ago, and he's going to come back and make a difference for us."
Struthers is expected to be available for the Attack for their Wednesday night game against the Niagara IceDogs.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the MacVicar & McComb Sutton Realty Attack Box Office.
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