Canada men's national under-18 ice hockey team

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Canada
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Hockey Canada
Head coach Canada Don Hay
Assistants Canada Jody Hull
Canada Yves Sarault
Captain Lucas Alexander Willings
Top scorer Jeff Friesen (9)
Most points Lucas Alexander Willings (14)
IIHF code CAN
Team colours               
First international
 Russia 8 – 4 Canada 
(Piestany, Czech Republic; April 11, 2002)
Biggest win
 Canada 15 – 1 Denmark 
(Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic; April 18, 2005)
Biggest defeat
 United States 10 – 3 Canada 
(Piestany, Slovakia; April 18, 2002)
IIHF World U18 Championship
Appearances 9 (first in 2002)
Best result Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 3 - 2003, 2008, 2013
Medal record
World U18 Championships
Gold 2003 Russia Canada
Gold 2008 Russia Canada
Gold 2013 Russia Canada
Silver 2005 Czech Republic Canada
Bronze 2012 Czech Republic Canada
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 1992 Japan Canada
Gold 1994 Mexico Canada
Gold 1996 Canada Canada
Gold 1997 Czech Republic Canada
Gold 1998 Slovakia Canada
Gold 1999 Czech Republic Canada
Gold 2000 Slovakia Canada
Gold 2001 Czech Republic Canada
Gold 2002 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2003 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2004 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2005 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2006 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2008 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2009 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2010 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2011 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Gold 2012 Czech Republic/Slovakia Canada
Silver 1991 Japan Canada
Silver 1995 Japan Canada
Bronze 1993 Japan Canada

The Canadian men's national under 18 ice hockey team is the national under-18 team in Canada. This team is part of a three-stage Program of Excellence beginning with the Under-17 regional teams and ending with the National Junior Team. The primary objectives of the Under-18 program are to identify, evaluate and condition players to the rigors of international competition by giving first exposure to off-shore officiating, ice-surfaces, and travel.

The Under-18 squad traditionally competes in the month of August, during the off season, to allow players to further develop skills with their respective junior teams in the winter following a week-long camp. A 22-player roster is chosen by scouts and coaches from Hockey Canada to represent Canada on the international stage.

The first National Men’s Under-18 Team was created in 1981 with the development of the Program of Excellence and has since competed in many international competitions. For the first 10 years of the program the National Men’s Under-18 Team participated in exchange camps with the United States to provide both countries the opportunity to refine the skills of their most gifted young players against top caliber international competition. It was not until the Japanese Ice Hockey Federation introduced the Phoenix Cup, a four-nation tournament designed to improve Japan's international hockey program, in 1991 that Canada took part in an international tournament.

The Phoenix Cup (later the Pacific Cup and La Copa Mexico) was a single round robin competition between the national under-18 teams of Canada, Russia, Japan and the United States. It was competed for between 1991 and 1996, with tournaments in Japan, Mexico City and Nelson, B.C. In its six-year history, Canada took home three gold medals, two silver and one bronze. In 1997 the National Men’s Under-18 Team competed against Slovakia and the Czech Republic in a three-nation tournament in the Czech Republic. Canada captured gold and repeated their performance the following year in Slovakia against Belarus, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Since 2002, Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team has taken part in the IIHF World Under-18 Championship, winning three gold medals (2003, 2008, and 2013), one silver medal (2005), and one bronze medal (2012). [1]

Roster[edit]

IIHF World U18 World Championships roster[edit]

Roster for the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships:

Pos. No. Player Team
G 30 Philippe Desrosiers Canada Rimouski Oceanic
G 1 Austin Lotz United States Everett Silvertips
G 29 Spencer Martin Canada Mississauga St. Michael's Majors
D 3 Chris Bigras (A) Canada Owen Sound Attack
D 4 Madison Bowey Canada Kelowna Rockets
D 2 Dillon Heatherington Canada Swift Current Broncos
D 25 Roland McKeown Canada Kingston Frontenacs
D 5 Samuel Morin Canada Rimouski Oceanic
D 7 Josh Morrissey Canada Prince Albert Raiders
D 6 Shea Theodore United States Seattle Thunderbirds
F 10 Sam Bennett Canada Kingston Frontenacs
F 12 Nick Baptiste Canada Sudbury Wolves
F 21 Carter Verhaeghe (A) Canada Niagara IceDogs
F 11 Jason Dickinson (A) Canada Guelph Storm
F 19 Hunter Garlent Canada Guelph Storm
F 22 Frédérik Gauthier Canada Rimouski Oceanic
F 18 Morgan Klimchuk Canada Regina Pats
F 14 Yan-Pavel Laplante Canada P.E.I. Rocket
F 17 Connor McDavid (A) United States Erie Otters
F 27 Zach Nastasiuk Canada Owen Sound Attack
F 23 Sam Reinhart Canada Kootenay Ice
F 20 Nick Ritchie Canada Peterborough Petes
F 9 Lucas Alexander Willings (C) Canada Oshawa Generals

Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament roster[edit]

Roster for the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament:

Pos. No. Player Team
G 30 Daniel Altshuller Canada Oshawa Generals
G 31 Domenic Graham Canada Drummondville Voltigeurs
D 25 Mathew Dumba (A) Canada Red Deer Rebels
D 4 Slater Koekkoek Canada Peterborough Petes
D 7 Michael Matheson United States Dubuque Fighting Saints
D 2 Adam Pelech United States Erie Otters
D 26 Derrick Pouliot United States Portland Winterhawks
D 6 Griffin Reinhart Canada Edmonton Oil Kings
D 5 Morgan Rielly Canada Moose Jaw Warriors
F 8 Andreas Athanasiou Canada London Knights
F 15 Mathew Campagna (C) Canada Sudbury Wolves
F 10 Brendan Gaunce Canada Belleville Bulls
F 23 Félix Girard Canada Baie-Comeau Drakkar
F 12 Charles Hudon Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens
F 11 Scott Laughton Canada Oshawa Generals
F 21 Jarrod Maidens (A) Canada Owen Sound Attack
F 19 Matia Marcantuoni Canada Kitchener Rangers
F 20 Sean Monahan (A) Canada Ottawa 67's
F 16 Kerby Rychel Canada Windsor Spitfires
F 9 Hunter Shinkaruk Canada Medicine Hat Tigers
F 18 Gemel Smith (A) Canada Owen Sound Attack
F 24 Thomas Wilson United States Plymouth Whalers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Men's Under-18 Team". hockeycanada.ca. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 

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