Three players from your Halifax Mooseheads are among 45 of the nation’s top under-18 players who have earned invites to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team summer development camp, July 25-Aug. 4 at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary.
Forwards Markus Vidicek and Jordan Dumais will be joined by defenceman Jake Furlong at the prestigious camp.
In total, the U-18 camp features four goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 26 forwards. Of the 45 invitees, two won a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship in Frisco and Plano, Texas (Bedard, Mateychuk).
“This stage of our Summer Showcase is about bringing together the top under-18 players in Canada to work and learn from an elite-level coaching staff, giving them the necessary skills for their hockey development to grow and succeed,” said Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont.), director of player personnel for Hockey Canada.
“We have an opportunity to connect with the players through on- and off-ice sessions to give them the tools that will only enhance their skill set as they advance through our program and prepare for the upcoming season.”
Vidicek was the 14th overall pick of the first round in the 2020 QMJHL Entry Draft and was named the Mooseheads’ Rookie of the Year while scoring 31 points as a 16-year-old. Dumais was also a first round pick, taken 18th overall and enjoyed a very successful rookie campaign with 29 points while earning the Unsung Hero Award for the Moose. Halifax traded up in the draft to take Jake Furlong in the second round, 22nd overall. The big defenceman played major minutes for the young team as a rookie and picked up 10 points. He was also an award winner following the season by being named the Most Improved Player.
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Over the 11-day camp, the players will be split into two teams, Red and White, and participate in practices and intrasquad games. The camp will also feature combined practices and intrasquad games with Canada’s National Junior Team on Aug. 2-3.
Hockey Canada has also named the coaching and support staff that will work with the players throughout camp, including a number of staff that have previously been involved at various levels of the Program of Excellence (POE).
Steve Hartley (Hawkesbury, Ont./Drummondville, LHJMQ), Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, LHJMQ), Brent Kisio (Calgary, Alta./Lethbridge, WHL), Alan Letang (Renfrew, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL) will return to the POE as U18 camp coaches, while Brad Lauer (Humboldt, Sask./Edmonton, WHL) will make his debut with the program.
The summer camp is typically used to evaluate and select Canada’s roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, but Canada will not participate in this year’s event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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