Cormier & Trudeau invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Camp

Hockey Canada has announced that 51 players have been invited to attend Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp, July 28-Aug. 4 at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary.

Five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 30 forwards will be part of the eight-day camp, participating in a variety of on- and off-ice sessions. The camp will also feature combined practices and intrasquad games with players attending Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team summer development camp on Aug. 2-3.

Of the 51 players invited, 11 suited up in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League during the 2020-21 season, including three defensemen and eight forwards. Here are the QMJHL representatives who are all looking to make Canada’s National Junior Team for the first time:

D | CORMIER, Lukas / Charlottetown Islanders / Vegas 2020 (3/68)
D | TOURIGNY, Miguël / Blainville-Boisbriand Armada / 2021 Draft
D | TRUDEAU, William / Charlottetown Islanders / 2021 Draft

F | BOLDUC, Zachary / Rimouski Océanic / 2021 Draft
F | BOURGAULT, Xavier / Shawinigan Cataractes / 2021 Draft
F | BOURQUE, Mavrik / Shawinigan Cataractes / Dallas 2020 (1/30)
F | DEAN, Zachary / Gatineau Olympiques / 2021 Draft
*F | DESNOYERS, Elliot / Halifax Mooseheads / Philadelphia 2020 (5/135)
F | DUFOUR, William / Saint John Sea Dogs / New York Isl. 2020 (5/152)
F | L’HEUREUX, Zachary / Halifax Mooseheads / 2021 Draft
F | LAPIERRE, Hendrix / Acadie-Bathurst Titan / Washington 2020 (1/22)

*Invited, but not attending


Coaching staff unveiled for Canada’s National Junior Team

Hockey Canada also announced it will work with an experienced coaching staff to guide Canada’s National Junior Team through the 2021-22 season, culminating with the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., in December and January.

Dave Cameron (Kinkora, P.E.I./Ottawa, OHL) has been named head coach, replacing André Tourigny (Nicolet, Que.), who was named head coach of the Arizona Coyotes on July 1. In addition, Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) will return as an assistant coach; he will be joined by assistants Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Gatineau, QMJHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), and goaltending consultant Olivier Michaud (Beloeil, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL).

Robitaille was named head coach and general manager of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in April 2020 after four seasons as head coach of the Victoriaville Tigres, five seasons as an assistant coach with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and one as an assistant with the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Robitaille was the head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team for the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also the head coach of Team Canada Red (2018) and an assistant coach with Team Canada Black (2017) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and won a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Michaud has served as the goaltending coach with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL since 2010. He was also the goaltending coach for Team Canada Black (2014) and Team Canada Red (2016) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. As a player, Michaud spent parts of four seasons in the QMJHL with the Shawinigan Cataractes (2000-02) and Baie-Comeau Drakkar (2002-03), and won a silver medal for Canada at the 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also had a seven-year professional career in the AHL, ECHL and LNAH.

The support staff that will work with Canada’s National Junior Team at summer camp and the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship also includes these members with QMJHL ties:

  • Video coach Elliott Mondou (Grand-Mère, Que.)
  • Equipment manager Brian St-Louis (Hull, Que./Baie-Comeau, QMJHL)
  • Athletic therapist Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice this winter, with Edmonton and Red Deer set to co-host the annual holiday tradition from Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022. Games will be played at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and at the Peavey Mart Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.

(Source: Hockey Canada)

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