Wednesday, August 3, 2011
WJC Development Camp Begins Today
Two Saint John Sea Dogs have been invited to attend the prestigious camp – forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. Both will play on Team Red along with fellow Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leaguers Louis Domingue, Brandon Gormley, Martin Lefebvre, and Michael Bournival.
QMJHL players on Team White include Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Sean Couturier, and Phillip Danault.
Forty-seven players will be attending in total. The camp roster includes four goaltenders, 17 defensemen and 26 forwards.
Both squads will practice today. Tomorrow features another round of practices and a scrimmage. Friday and Saturday will include games.
“This is (Head Coach) Donnie Hay getting his first look-see at kids ... he’ll be in the dark pretty much on everybody except the Western (Canadian) kids,” said Kevin Prendergast, chief scout for Hockey Canada, to the Edmonton Journal.
“If you have a crappy camp, you can hurt yourself. But if you don’t play well here, you just go back into the (big) pool once the hockey season starts to see if you’re invited for the final camp in December,” said Prendergast.
Beaulieu, who is the first player listed in the Team Canada Development Camp media guide, was also invited to last year’s camp in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This is Huberdeau’s first invitation.
Defenseman Simon Despres was the lone Sea Dog to make last year’s silver medal winning team.
This camp gets insane media coverage and TSN will likely have daily updates on SportsCentre.