For the third consecutive year, U SPORTS will be represented by a national all-star squad against Canada’s World Junior Team prospects, hoping to earn their spot at IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y. Hockey Canada’s National Junior team has faced U SPORTS competition on a regular basis since 1988.
Full schedule and team previews are available below.
The 2017 U SPORTS All-Star series is set for Wednesday and Thursday at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont. – home of the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs. Livestreaming is available on TSN GO.
U SPORTS All-Stars
Returning Players: 6
NHL Draft Picks: 2
Players with CHL experience: 20
Points leader: Stephen Harper (Acadia, AUS), 32
Goal leaders: Stephen Anderson (UNB, AUS), Stephen Harper (Acadia, AUS) & Boston Leier (Acadia, AUS), 11
Assists leader: Hunter Garlent (Saint Mary’s), 22
University Cup Champions: 2
Major Award Winners: 7
This year’s U SPORTS All-Stars roster features six returning players, including a pair – Queen’s defenceman Spencer Abraham and Saskatchewan goaltender Jordon Cooke – who will be suiting up for the squad for the third straight year. StFX head coach Brad Peddle, an assistant coach with last year’s squad, returns to lead the team behind the bench alongside fellow returning assistant Mark Howell of the Calgary Dinos.
Since the switch to a national All-Star Team format, the U SPORTS All-Stars earned a split in 2015 in Toronto – highlighted by a 5-4 shootout victory thanks to an Abraham game-winning tally – before dropping a pair of games last year in Boisbriand, Que.
Team Canada World Junior Prospects
Returning Players: 9 (7 from 2017 World Jr. roster; 2 additional from 2017 camp)
Canada’s World Junior Team hopefuls will look to cement their spots for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship with a three-game Selection Camp in St. Catharines, Ont., – including two against the U SPORTS All-Stars and a contest against Denmark. Team Canada boasts nine returning players to this year’s camp – seven of whom made last year’s World Junior roster, and a pair who took part in the 2017 camp, including Montreal Canadiens defenceman Victor Mete who was loaned to the squad on Monday.
Canada is coming off a silver medal performance in last year’s tournament after falling to the United States 5-4 in a shootout in the gold medal game. Dominique Ducharme, head coach of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs and a former assistant at the U SPORTS level with the UQTR Patriotes, is back behind the junior national bench for a second straight year.
U SPORTS ALL-STAR SERIES SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Dec. 13 (Meridian Centre)
Game Day Skate, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET / 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. PT
* Media availability after practice
Game vs. Team Canada, 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT
Thursday, Dec. 14 (Meridian Centre)
Game Day Skate, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. PT
U SPORTS is the national brand for university sports in Canada. Every year, over 12,000 student-athletes and 500 coaches from 56 universities vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. U SPORTS also provides higher performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit USPORTS.ca.