Barron & Parent make Hockey Canada U18 camp roster
Hockey Canada announced its 44 player roster for July’s U18 national team selection camp on Tuesday morning and it features defenceman Justin Barron and forward Xavier Parent of your Halifax Mooseheads.
Barron and Parent will join 42 other players from across Canada as they compete in Calgary for a spot on Canada’s U18 team that will participate in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton and Red Deer this August. Canada is the defending tournament champions after defeating the host team 4-1 in Breclav, Czech Republic. That Canadian squad featured Jared McIsaac, Benoit-Olivier Groulx and Alex Gravel of the Mooseheads.
Barron and Parent are both entering their second seasons with Halifax after outstanding rookie campaigns. Barron is a Halifax native and despite being the youngest player on the roster in 2017-18 he was able to play key minutes on the blue-line and impressed with his hockey sense and skating ability throughout the season. His 21 points were eighth-most by a rookie defenceman in franchise history.
Parent of Blainville, QC was the fourth overall pick by the Mooseheads in the 2017 QMJHL Entry Draft. He mostly played on the third line during the regular season and was a solid contributor with 29 points in 63 games. It was in the President Cup Playoffs where he really put on a show and was a catalyst on offense with 11 points (4 goals 7 assists) in nine games. He was a standout last year for Canada Red at the World U17 Challenge when he scored seven points in six games.
Newly rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the annual tournament is one of the only true, best-on-best competitions for this age group. While the event is being co-hosted in Edmonton and Red Deer, Canada will play all of its games out of Rogers Place in Edmonton, except for a pre-tournament game against the Czech Republic slated for 7 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the brand-new Servus Arena in Red Deer.
A new all-Canada ticket package and the event’s new trophy design were also unveiled this morning.
Canada has won gold 21 times in 27 years of summer under-18 competition.
Click here to see the full selection camp roster.
-With files from Hockey Canada