Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Under 18 Roster Announced

Hockey Canada released the roster for Team Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championships to be held in the Czech Republic.


The OHL Players named are the following:

Spencer Martin
Matt Murray
Adam Pelech
Darnell Nurse
Warren Steele
Brendan Gaunce
Kerby Rychel
Scott Kosmachuk
Gemel Smith
Scott Laughton

Now before anyone panics, it's being reported on twitter that the reason Matt Finn wasn't named is that he's suffering from a groin injury (so says Craig Button). That's obviously a big blow to the team.

Also interesting to note is that many sources (including Button and blog friend Aaron Vickers at FC) are saying Canada will add three players to the roster at a later date. Who those players are remains to be seen. One will most definitely be on defense though, as there's no chance the team enters the tournament with only 6 defenseman.

The biggest omission for me is Trevor Carrick (even if he had a somewhat rough opening round for Mississauga in the playoffs). But maybe there's a chance he still gets named.

Obviously, the big omission everyone is talking about is not related to team Canada, but instead team USA, after they left Alex Galchenyuk off their roster. Definitely an odd move on their part. And I'm sure most NHL scouts are incredibly pissed off because it prevents them from getting another look at the Sarnia forward.

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