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Canadian Lacrosse Association – OTTAWA, ON (March 3, 2016) – The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and Dean French, Team Canada Chairman, are proud to announce Canada’s roster for the upcoming Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championship taking place July 7-16, 2016 in Coquitlam, BC.  

“We knew choosing these 24 young men was going to be a challenge. It took a lot of deliberation and careful discussion about the things we thought our team needed to compete for a world championship” stated Team Canada head coach Taylor Wray (Edmonton, AB; Saint Josephs University). “In the end, we tried to select the best TEAM possible. This process is very different from simply choosing an all-star team. There are certainly all-star caliber players that were not selected and that speaks to the depth of talent our country has been able to produce.”

As Dave Huntley, CLA Director of Men’s Field Program explained, the process of selecting the team began over a year ago – “We started with the over 200 tryout applications, and through our selection camp and exhibition game versus Team USA, it was clear to us that the grassroots programs in Canada are producing not just talented athletes, but terrific young people. Our staff is very fortunate to have had so many good choices available to them as they assembled this team.”

Today, the CLA is pleased to recognize the following 24 players on being named to Team Canada.

Team Canada

2016 Men’s U19 World Championship

First Name

Last Name

Position

Minor Association

Junior Team

Mathieu

Boissonneault

Defense

Whitby (ON)

Whitby (ON)

Caelahn

Bullen

Goal

Calgary (AB)

Calgary (AB)

Riley

Curtis

Midfield

Brampton (ON)

Brampton (ON)

Jonathan

Donville

Midfield

Oakville (ON)

Mimico (ON)

Dalton

Follows

Midfield

Oakville (ON)

Oakville (ON)

Ben

French

Attack

Brampton (ON)

Oakville (ON)

Kyle

Hebert

Goal

Burlington (ON)

Oakville (ON)

Jeffrey

Henrick

Defense

Orangeville (ON)

Orangeville (ON)

Mackenzie

Iaccoca

Midfield

Guelph (ON)

Guelph (ON)

Justin

Inacio

Facce-Off

Oakville (ON)

Burlington (ON)

Matthew

Kim

Facce-Off

Oakville (ON)

Oakville (ON)

Marshall

King

Midfield

Victoria (BC)

Victoria (BC)

Kyle

Kolwich

Defense

Oakville (ON)

Oakville (ON)

Ryan

Lanchbury

Attack

Burlington (ON)

Burlington (ON)

Treton

Leclaire

Midfield

Surrey (BC)

Delta (BC)

Clarke

Petterson

Midfield

Mimico (ON)

Brampton (ON)

Drake

Porter

Goal

Aurora (ON)

Newmarket (ON)

Ryland

Rees

Defense

Port Coquitlam (BC)

Port Coquitlam (BC)

Thomas

Semple

Attack

Coquitlam (BC)

Coquitlam (BC)

Robert

Stovel

Defense

Fergus (ON)

Toronto (ON)

Jackson

Suboch

Defense

Mimico (ON)

Mimico (ON)

Jeff

Teat

Attack

Brampton (ON)

Brampton (ON)

John

Wagner

Midfield

St. Davids (ON)

Niagara (ON)

Ethan

Walker

Attack

Peterborough (ON)

Peterborough (ON)

Coach Wray was quick to acknowledge the accomplishment of those selected for the team, saying “I want to congratulate the players on the final roster; it is a tremendous honor and major accomplishment. There is no greater achievement in sports than to be able to represent your country at international competition.” With the team now selected, we’ve taken the first step and the journey to achieve our goal of winning a world championship can begin.”

This group of young men from across the country will proudly wear the maple leaf as they take the field this summer in hopes of continuing the international success that their Team Canada counterparts have had in recent years. In 2015, Team Canada claimed gold at both the U19 Women’s World Championship and the Men’s World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

The USA has dominated the U19 Men’s World Championship since its inception in 1988, claiming the gold medal in each of the seven events. Team Canada, which has remained competitive taking home a total of six silver medals, will look to unseat the American’s atop the podium in 2016. Our nation’s best will compete against a large contingent of teams, including newcomers Taiwan, Hong Kong, Colombia, Ireland, and Israel, along with mainstays USA, Finland, Australia, England, and Germany.    

“This is an important achievement in each of these athlete’s careers. We know they are grateful for the support and leadership of their families, communities and teammates” commented Dave Huntley. “We are confident they will represent Canada well, on and off the field, when we compete for a World Championship in Coquitlam this July.”

For more information on the FIL U19 Men’s World Championship, visit www.2016worldlax.com. You can also follow Team Canada’s journey on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Canadian Lacrosse Association        

Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – Warrior Sports, New Balance Athletics, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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For more information, please contact:
 

Alain Brouillette

Communications, Marketing and Promotions Coordinator
Canadian Lacrosse Association
Phone: 613-260-2028 ext. 302
Email: alain@lacrosse.ca