Nurse named to Team Canada for Memorial of Ivan Hlinka
August 06, 2012
Nurse (CAN), Tolchinsky (RUS) to take part in U18 tournament later this month
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The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club is proud to announce that defenceman DARNELL NURSE will represent Team Canada at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament later this month.
The tournament will be held August 13-18 in Piestany, Slovakia and Breclav, Czech Republic.
Nurse was one of 22 players who were selected earlier today following Canada’s National Summer Under 18 Selection Camp held this past weekend at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, ON.
“The primary goal of our program is to have players who maximize their potential on and off the ice. One of the elite benchmarks for young players is whether they are selected to represent Ontario at the U17 level and Canada at the U18 & U20 level” began Hounds GM Kyle Dubas.
"Since joining our program just over one year ago, this is the 3rd time Darnell Nurse has been selected to be a part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. Darnell exudes tremendous work ethic and character which compliment his skills in all three zones of the ice. Darnell's combination of talent and passion for maximizing his effort and potential each day are the reason he has been selected for the third time to don the Team Canada uniform.”
For Nurse, the Hamilton, ON product will look to build off this past season’s U17 participation with Team Ontario where he won a Bronze Medal and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.
He completed his inaugural OHL campaign (2011-12) where he appeared in 53 games (1g, 9a, 10pts) and was also named the Hounds Rookie of the Year.
Darnell and his Team Canada teammates will play in Group B along with Sweden, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Team Canada will be attempting to win its fifth consecutive gold medal at the tournament.
“Our organization is extremely proud of Darnell. We wish him the rest of the young men selected the best of luck at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament” concluded Dubas.
TEAM CANADA SCHEDULE:
Monday, August 13th – 8 a.m. vs Switzerland
Tuesday, August 14th – 8 a.m. vs Sweden
Wednesday, August 15th – 11:30 a.m. vs Slovakia
Friday, August 17th – Semi-Finals
Saturday, August 18th – Medal Games
For more information go to http://www.hockeycanada.ca and you can also follow his progress on the Hounds official website at www.soogreyhounds.com or our social media sites; www.facebook.com/soogreyhounds or www.twitter.com/@OHLHoundPower
ABOUT THE U-18 PROGRAM
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team is one of two men’s under-18 teams that Hockey Canada assembles during each season. A second men’s under-18 team will take part in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia next April, and will be comprised of available players not involved in playoffs with their respective teams.
The under-18 program, along with the regional under-17 program and the national under-20 program, make up Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which identifies, evaluates and develops players for international competition.
TOLCHINSKY TO REPRESENT RUSSIA
The Hounds Selection from this past June’s CHL Import Draft – SERGEY TOLCHINSKY will also be participating in the event representing Team Russia. Tolchinsky was also named a tournament all star at the World U17 Challenge.