Canada Names Tim Hunter WJC Coach, announce Invites for Summer Camp

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KELOWNA, CANADA - FEBRUARY 14: Tim Hunter, head coach of the Moose Jaw Warriors stands on the bench opposite the Kelowna Rockets on February 14, 2015 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Hockey Canada announced yesterday that they have appointed Tim Hunter as head coach of the World Junior team for the upcoming tournament held in Vancouver and Victoria in December/January. Hunter served as the team’s assistant coach for the past two tournaments. Marc-Andre Dumont of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Jim Hulton of the Charlottetown Islanders and Brent Kisio of the Lethbridge Hurricanes will complete Hunter’s coaching staff. The tournament will get underway on December 26th, 2018.

Tim Hunter Name Head Coach of Canadian Junior Team

Hunter has medaled in back to back tournaments with Team Canada as they won silver in 2017 after a shootout loss to Team USA. The team won gold last year defeating Team Sweden in the gold medal game. Hunter could have three eligible returnees from the gold medal-winning squad from last year: Anaheim Ducks prospect Maxime Comtois, Ottawa Senators prospect Alex Formenton and St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas.

Hunter currently coaches the Moose Jaw Warriors in the WHL. Hunter led the Warriors to a regular season title this past season. It was his fourth year behind the bench.

Hunter has also served as assistant coach at the NHL level with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the San Jose Sharks and the Washington Capitals. He also served as a player for 16 seasons.

The Right Man for the Job

With the experience of coaching in the NHL, WHL as well as internationally, Hunter brings a lot of versatility to the group. He has seen it all. He also knows what it takes to win, as he’s medaled in both years as coach of Team Canada. Also, having the experience of coaching the team the past two years will be very beneficial for Hunter as he’s already dealt with the selection process. Being a head coach of a WHL team, Hunter will also get a look at a lot of different prospects night in and night out. A lot of them, which could end up playing for him come December. The selection process will get underway at the Sportchek World Junior Showcase which will be held from July 28th to August 4th in Kamloops, B.C.

40-Man Invite List

Hockey Canada also announced the 40-man invite list for their Summer Showcase Tournament. This often serves as an early training camp and a chance for potential members of the team to make an impression on the coaching staff.

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Born Hometown Club Team NHL Draft

Goaltenders

Michael DiPietro L 6’0” 193 06/09/99 Amherstburg, Ont. Windsor (OHL) VAN 2017 (3/64)
Olivier Rodrigue L 6’1” 158 06/06/00 Chicoutimi, Que. Drummondville (QMJHL) 2018 Draft
Matthew Villalta L 6’3” 183 06/03/99 Godfrey, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) LAK 2017 (3/72)
Matthew Welsh L 5’11” 177 07/13/99 Halifax, N.S. Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2018 Draft

Defence

Calen Addison R 5’11” 178 04/11/00 Brandon, Man. Lethbridge (WHL) 2018 Draft
Kevin Bahl L 6’6” 231 06/27/00 Mississauga, Ont. Ottawa (OHL) 2018 Draft
Nicolas Beaudin L 5’11” 175 10/07/99 Châteauguay, Que. Drummondville (QMJHL) 2018 Draft
Jacob Bernard-Docker R 6’0” 171 06/20/00 Canmore, Alta. Okotoks (AJHL) 2018 Draft
Evan Bouchard R 6’2” 191 10/20/99 Burlington, Ont. London (OHL) 2018 Draft
Josh Brook R 6’1” 192 06/17/99 Roblin, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) MTL 2017 (2/56)
Noah Dobson R 6’3” 178 01/07/00 Summerside, P.E.I. Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 2018 Draft
Pierre-Olivier Joseph L 6’2” 168 07/01/99 Chambly, Que. Charlottetown (QMJHL) ARI 2017 (1/23)
Jared McIsaac L 6’1” 195 03/27/00 Truro, N.S. Halifax (QMJHL) 2018 Draft
Ian Mitchell R 5’11” 174 01/18/99 Calahoo, Alta. University of Denver (NCHC) CHI 2017 (2/57)
Ty Smith L 5’10” 170 03/24/00 Lloydminster, Alta. Spokane (WHL) 2018 Draft
Jett Woo R 6’0” 201 07/27/00 Winnipeg, Man. Moose Jaw (WHL) 2018 Draft

Forwards

Justin Almeida L 5’11” 160 02/06/99 Kitimat, B,C. Moose Jaw (WHL) 2018 Draft
Jaret Anderson-Dolan L 5’11” 195 09/12/99 Calgary, Alta. Spokane (WHL) LAK 2018 (2/41)
Jordy Bellerive L 5’11” 192 05/02/99 North Vancouver, B.C. Lethbridge (WHL) PIT 2017 (FA/JL)
Shane Bowers R 6’0” 178 07/30/99 Herring Cove, N.S. Boston University (HE) OTT 2017 (1/28)
Maxime Comtois L 6’2” 212 01/08/99 Longueuil, Que. Victoriaville (QMJHL) ANA 2017 (2/50)
Ty Dellandrea R 6’0” 190 07/21/00 Port Perry, Ont. Flint (OHL) 2018 Draft
Connor Dewar L 5’10” 175 06/26/99 The Pas, Man. Everett (WHL) 2018 Draft
MacKenzie Entwistle R 6’3” 181 07/14/99 Georgetown, Ont. Hamilton (OHL) ARI 2017 (3/69)
Alex Formenton L 6’2” 175 09/13/99 King City, Ont. London (OHL) OTT 2017 (2/47)
Morgan Frost L 6’0” 180 05/14/99 Aurora, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) PHI 2017 (1/27)
Cody Glass R 6’2” 177 04/01/99 Winnipeg, Man. Portland (WHL) VGK 2017 (1/6)
Barrett Hayton L 6’1” 191 06/09/00 Peterborough, Ont. Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2018 Draft
Stelio Mattheos R 6’1” 200 06/14/99 Winnipeg, Man. Brandon (WHL) CAR 2017 (3/73)
Ryan McLeod L 6’2” 205 09/21/99 Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) 2018 Draft
Antoine Morand L 5’11” 182 02/18/99 Mercier, Que. Halifax (QMJHL) ANA 2017 (2/60)
Michael Rasmussen L 6’6” 221 04/17/99 South Surrey, B.C. Tri-City (WHL) DET 2017 (1/9)
Isaac Ratcliffe L 6’6” 204 02/15/99 London, Ont. Guelph (OHL) PHI 2017 (2/35)
Jack Studnicka R 6’2” 179 02/18/99 Tecumseh, Ont. Oshawa (OHL) BOS 2017 (2/53)
Nick Suzuki R 5’11” 183 08/10/99 London, Ont. Owen Sound (OHL) VGK 2017 (1/13)
Joël Teasdale L 6’0” 201 03/11/99 Beloeil, Que. Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL) 2018 Draft
Robert Thomas R 6’1” 194 07/02/99 Aurora, Ont. Hamilton (OHL) STL 2017 (1/20)
Owen Tippett R 6’2” 204 02/16/99 Peterborough, Ont. Mississauga (OHL) FLA 2017 (1/10)
Joe Veleno L 6’1” 195 01/13/00 Kirkland, Que. Drummondville (QMJHL) 2018 Draft
Gabe Vilardi R 6’3 “ 207 08/16/99 Kingston, Ont. Kingston (OHL) LAK 2017 (1/11)

 

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