Brandon Wheat Kings Rookie Jayce Hawryluk Invited To Hockey Canada U18 Selection Camp
Hockey Canada has announced the list of forty-two players that will be attending this month’s U18 Selection Camp in Toronto. Canada’s National Men’s Summer U18 Selection Camp is being held July 25-29 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont.
Brandon Wheat Kings 2012-13 Rookie of the Year has earned an invitation to camp this summer from Hockey Canada.
The 17-year old Brandon Wheat Kings center is one of only two Manitobans to be invited to the U18 Selection Camp, which will be held in order to determine the final roster of 22 players that will be representing Canada at next month’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. The Canadians have captured this prestigious tournament five straight years.
A second round draft choice (32nd overall) of the Wheat Kings in the 2011 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, the Roblin product is coming off a season that saw him finish among the league’s highest scoring 16-year old rookies with eighteen goals and 43 points in sixty games. As a 15-year old member of the Parkland Rangers in 2011-12, Hawryluk scored 67 points, including 31 goals in 40 games.
In addition to being chosen the club’s Rookie of the Year this past season, the 5’10 177 lb Hawryluk was voted winner of the Shoppers Drug Mart Fan’s Choice Award.
Joining Jayce Hawryluk as the only other Manitoba representative is Jordan Thomson from Wawanesa. Jordan is a 5’11 170 lb right shooting defenceman that played this past season for the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers.
Of the players invited to Thursdays U18 Selection Camp, a total of fifteen are from the WHL – one goalkeeper, seven defencemen and 7 forwards. The Camp roster features four goalkeepers, 14 defencemen and 24 forwards.
The players, born in 1996, were selected by Ryan Jankowski, head scout for the men’s Program of Excellence, in consultation with head coach Dale Hunter (Petrolia, Ont./London, OHL), assistant coaches Dominique Ducharme (Joliette, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) and D.J. Smith (Windsor, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), and the Program of Excellence management group, including Mark Hunter (Petrolia, Ont./London, OHL).
“These players are the cream of the crop of under-18 talent in Canada, and it’s going to be exciting to see them battle for 22 roster spots,” Jankowski said. “As it is every year, there were some tough decisions to get down to 42, and they will be even tougher decisions to finalize the roster.”
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