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For the first time ever, Hockey Canada will have all three of their amateur National teams together for a unified summer camp in Calgary and the Canucks have two of their top prospects in attendance.

Courtesy of Hockey Canada
Courtesy of Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada

Courtesy of Hockey Canada

193 of the top junior players in the biggest hockey player-producing factory, better known as the country of Canada, are in Calgary right now for the inaugural National Junior Sport Check Summer Development Camp.

Hockey Canada rcently conjoined their Program of Excellence, which now contains: the under-17 (110 players), under-18 (43 players) and under-20 (40 players) along with 86 of the top women from the under-18 squad and women's development camp for a three-week showcase.

24 forwards, 13 defenceman and three goaltenders reported to Cowtown on Saturday for practices over the weekend before splitting up into two split squads; both squads will play a game against Russia (Aug. 3 & 5) and the Czech Republic (Aug. 4 & 6).

The schedule and times can be found below:

Monday, Aug. 3

  • Canada vs. Russia at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on TSN

Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • Canada vs. Czech Republic at 7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. PT on TSN and TSN 1050 & 1410

Wednesday, Aug. 5

  • Russia vs. Canada at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on TSN

Thursday, Aug. 6

  • Czech Republic vs. Canada at 7 p.m. ET on TSN, 4 p.m. PT on TSN & and TSN 1050 & 1410

Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada's vice-president of hockey operations, stressed the importance of having a cohesive program that will allow Canadian junior players to flourish in the Program of Excellence in an interview on Hockey Canada's website.

"From a player’s perspective, it allows them to sort of measure themselves to each other and to the next generation and see where they stand. (And) it’s a little bit of the same for the coaches. They get to share ideas and see what the coaches from the other levels are doing differently.

For our scouts and even from a fan’s perspective, it allows them to see the top 15- to 19-year-old players in the country all in one place, during the same period of time, which is a truly unique opportunity.

At the under-17 level, it’s about exposing the players and introducing them to each other and to our concepts," said Salmond. At the under-18 level, it becomes more about educating them, so that when they reach the under-20 level it’ll be about executing."

All games will be broadcasted live on TSN. Canucks play-by-play man John Abbott and TSN 1040 midday host Blake Price will provide the call. Click Here for information on TSN broadcasting the World Junior Hockey Summer Showcase.

The Vancouver Canucks will be represented by 2014 first round picks Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann. McCann will centre Canada's third line tonight alongside 2016 draft eligible prospect Julien Gauthier of the Val-d'Or Foreurs and Los Angeles Kings 7th round pick in the 2014 draft (209th overall) Spencer Watson.

Virtanen has a long history with Hockey Canada, having dawned the Maple Leaf at the 2013 World Junior U17 Hockey Challenge, the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial U18 Tournament, the 2014 IIHF World U18 Tournament and the 2015 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship. In 24 career games in a Canadian uniform, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has nine goals and nine assists including one goal and three assists at last year's World Juniors.

Lukas Jasek, the Canucks sixth-round pick in the 2015 Draft, was snubbed from the Czechs roster.

Virtanen will suit up in Tuesday night's game versus the Czechs and will be in a top-six role as Virtanen is one of five returning players returning from the 2015 gold medal-winning roster along with Joe Hicketts, Lawson Crouse, Robbi Fabbri and Brayden Point.

The rest of the roster can be found below and is courtesy of Hockey Canada.

Goaltenders

#
Name
Pos.
Shoots
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
Current Team
Pro Status
Mackenzie Blackwood G L 6’4" 215 12/09/1996 Thunder Bay, Ont. Barrie (OHL) NJD ’15 (2, 42)
Mason McDonald G R 6’4" 200 04/23/1996 Halifax, N.S./N.-É. Charlottetown (QMJHL) CGY ’14 (2, 34)
Samuel Montembeault G L 6’3" 166 10/30/1996 Bécancour, Que./Qc Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) FLA ’15 (3, 77)

Defense

#
Name
Pos.
Shoots
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
Current Team
Pro Status
Alexandre Carrier D R 5’11" 168 10/08/1996 Quebec City, Que./Qc Gatineau (QMJHL) NSH ’15 (4, 115)
Thomas Chabot D R 6'1" 180 01/30/1997 Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Qc Saint John (QMJHL) OTT '15 (1,18)
Travis Dermott D L 6’0" 197 12/22/1996 Newmarket, Ont. Erie (OHL) TOR ’15 (2, 34)
Vince Dunn D L 6’0" 185 10/29/1996 Lindsay, Ont. Niagara (OHL) STL ’15 (2, 56)
Haydn Fleury D L 6’3" 203 07/08/1996 Carlyle, Sask. Red Deer (WHL) CAR ’14 (1, 7)
Joe Hicketts D L 5’8" 175 05/04/1996 Kamloops, B.C./C.-B. Victoria (WHL) DET ’14 (FA/JA)
Brandon Hickey D L 6’2" 190 04/13/1996 Leduc, Alta./Alb. Boston University (HE) CGY ’14 (3, 64)
Noah Juulsen D R 6’1" 175 04/02/1997 Abbotsford, B.C./C.-B. Everett (WHL) MTL ’15 (1, 26)
Olivier Leblanc D L 5’11" 168 02/17/1996 Quebec City, Que./Qc Cape Breton (QMJHL) CBJ ’14 (7, 197)
Roland McKeown D R 6’1" 195 01/20/1996 Listowel, Ont. Kingston (OHL) CAR from LA ’14 (2, 50)
Jérémy Roy D R 6’0" 185 05/14/1997 Richelieu, Que./Qc Sherbrooke (QMJHL) SJS ’15 (2, 31)
Travis Sanheim D L 6’3" 184 03/29/1996 Elkhorn, Man. Calgary (WHL) PHI ’14 (1, 17)
Mitchell Vande Sompel D L 5’10" 185 02/11/1997 London, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) NYI ’15 (3, 82)

Forwards




#
Name
Pos.
Shoots
Height
Weight
Date of Birth
Hometown
Current Team
Pro Status
Nicolas Aubé-Kubel F R 5’11" 196 05/10/1996 Sorel, Que./Qc Val-d’Or (QMJHL) PHI ’14 (2, 48)
Mathew Barzal F R 6’0" 181 05/26/1997 Coquitlam, B.C./C.-B. Seattle (WHL) NYI ’15 (1, 16)
Anthony Beauvillier F L 5’10" 170 06/08/1997 Sorel, Que./Qc Shawinigan (QMJHL) NYI ’15 (1, 28)
Conner Bleackley F R 6’1" 198 02/07/1996 High River, Alta./Alb. Red Deer (WHL) COL ’14 (1, 23)
Rourke Chartier F L 5’11" 190 04/03/1996 Saskatoon, Sask. Kelowna (WHL) SJS ’14 (5, 149)
Lawson Crouse F L 6’4" 211 06/23/1997 Mt. Brydges, Ont. Kingston (OHL) FLA ’15 (1, 11)
Michael Dal Colle F L 6’2" 190 06/20/1996 Vaughan, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) NYI ’14 (1, 5)
Jake DeBrusk F L 6’0" 178 10/17/1996 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. Swift Current (WHL) BOS ’15 (1, 14)
Robby Fabbri F L 5’10" 170 01/22/1996 Mississauga, Ont. Guelph (OHL) STL ’14 (1, 21)
Julien Gauthier F R 6’4" 212 10/15/1997 Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que./Qc Val-d’Or (QMJHL) 2016 Draft/Rep.
Jayce Hawryluk F R 5’10" 197 01/01/1996 Roblin, Man. Brandon (WHL) FLA ’14 (2, 32)
Joshua Ho-Sang F R 6’0" 170 01/22/1996 Thornhill, Ont. Niagara (OHL) NYI ’14 (1, 28)
Travis Konecny F R 5’10" 176 03/11/1997 Clachan, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) PHI ’15 (1, 24)
Mitchell Marner F R 5’11" 160 05/05/1997 Thornhill, Ont. London (OHL) TOR ‘15 (1, 4)
Jared McCann F L 6’0" 185 05/31/1996 London, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) VAN ’14 (1, 24)
Nick Merkley F R 5’11" 190 05/23/1997 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Kelowna (WHL) ARI ’15 (1, 30)
Brendan Perlini F L 6’3" 205 04/27/1996 Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Niagara (OHL) ARI ’14 (1, 12)
Brayden Point F R 5’10" 163 03/12/1996 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Moose Jaw (WHL) TB ’14 (3, 79)
John Quenneville F L 6’1" 205 04/16/1996 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. Brandon (WHL) NJD ’14 (1, 30)
Dylan Sadowy F L 6’1" 180 04/02/1996 Woodbridge, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) SJS ’14 (3, 81)
Mitchell Stephens F R 5’11" 188 02/05/1997 Peterborough, Ont. Saginaw (OHL) TBL ’15 (2, 33)
Dylan Strome F L 6’3" 185 03/07/1997 Mississauga, Ont. Erie (OHL) ARI ’15 (1, 3)
Jake Virtanen F R 6’1" 207 08/17/1996 Abbotsford, B.C./C.-B. Calgary (WHL) VAN ’14 (1, 6)
Spencer Watson F R 5’9" 170 04/25/1996 London, Ont. Kingston (OHL) LAK ’14 (7, 209)
Pictures and charts are from HockeyCanada.com