Prince Albert, SK – Three Prince Albert Raiders are in the mix to represent their country at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Jakob Brook, Kaiden Guhle, and Ozzy Wiesblatt were invited to Team Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp for the annual tournament, which will be contested this year in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia from August 5 to 10.
The trio of Raiders are three off 44 players invited to the camp that will take place in Calgary from July 26 to 30.
“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp. The under-18 camp is unlike any other, as players are being evaluated from the moment they arrive at camp and are preparing to compete in short-term competition,” said Director of Men’s National Teams for Hockey Canada Shawn Bullock.
“Historically, Canada has been successful at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, and we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in International Competition.”
Brook, a second-round pick of the Raiders in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, signed with the Raiders in March of 2018. In his first full season in Prince Albert, the Roblin, MB product had six goals and six assists in 61 games. He added a pair of assists in the WHL Playoffs.
Guhle, the first overall pick of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, has played in 73 games in his WHL career after making his debut during his 15-year-old season. In that time, he has three goals and 15 assists. He chipped in three assists during the Raiders’ playoff run.
Last November, the Sherwood Park, AB product represented Canada at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Guhle captained Canada Red, registering three assists in six games played.
Wiesblatt, who was picked 25th overall by the Raiders in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, has 16 goals and 24 assists in 65 games played in the WHL. He also scored in his first career game as a 15-year-old in Calgary. In the WHL Playoffs, Wiesblatt added five goals and five assists.
The Calgary, AB product also represented Canada at last November’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. As an alternate captain for Canada Black, Wiesblatt scored once and added two assists in five games.
The Hlinka Gretzky Cup is an annual tournament formerly known as the U18 Junior World Cup as well as the Pacific Cup. The tournament was renamed the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in 2004 following the death of the Czech hockey star.
Canada is in a group with Finland, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. The Canadians open the tournament on Monday, August 5 against Finland.
Last year, Canada won the gold medal as the host nation, defeating Sweden 6-2 in the gold-medal game. In 28 years of summer under-18 competition, Canada has won gold 22 times, silver twice, and bronze once.
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