August 2, 2017

Canada names roster for 2017 Hlinka Memorial

Joe Veleno will get another shot at Hlinka gold.

Veleno, fourth in Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the 2018 NHL Draft, was one of 22 players named to Canada’s entry for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia, from Aug. 7-12.

He is the first player to represent Canada twice at the tournament, and will also serve as team captain.

Several potential first-round candidates in 2018 will join Veleno.

Forwards Anderson MacDonald (10th), Benoit-Olivier Groulx (13th), Jack McBain (15th), Akil Thomas (21st), Ty Dellandrea (24th), and defensemen Jared McIsaac (5th), Ryan Merkley (8th), Ty Smith (12th), Jett Woo (17th) are all ranked within the first round of Future Considerations’ preliminary ranking for the 2018 draft.

Smith and Woo will serve as assistant captains.

Goaltenders: Alexis Gravel, Halifax (2018 draft eligible), Olivier Rodrigue, Drummondville (2018 draft eligible).

Defensemen: Calen Addison, Lethbridge (2018 draft eligible), Kevin Bahl, Ottawa (2018 draft eligible), Noah Dobson, Acadie-Bathurst (2018 draft eligible), Jared McIsaac, Halifax (2018 draft eligible), Ryan Merkley, Guelph (2018 draft eligible), Ty Smith, Spokane (2018 draft eligible), Jett Woo, Moose Jaw (2018 draft eligible).

Forwards: Luka Burzan, Moose Jaw (2018 draft eligible), Ty Dellandrea, Flint (2018 draft eligible), Aidan Dudas, Owen Sound (2018 draft eligible), Nolan Foote, Kelowna (2019 draft eligible), Gabriel Fortier, Baie-Comeau (2018 draft eligible), Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Halifax (2018 draft eligible), Barrett Hayton, Sault Ste. Marie (2018 draft eligible), Anderson MacDonald, Sherbrooke (2018 draft eligible), Jack McBain, Toronto (2018 draft eligible), Serron Noel, Oshawa (2018 draft eligible), Jackson Shepard, Kamloops (2018 draft eligible), Akil Thomas, Niagara (2018 draft eligible), Joe Veleno, Saint John (2018 draft eligible).

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