Hockey Canada has declared a program of 113 players welcome to its virtual national under-17 advancement camp, set for July 19-25, just as the training staffs that will lead Canada’s national men’s under-17 groups at the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, introduced by TELUS.
12 goaltenders, 37 defencemen and 64 advances will be part into six groups for the week-long virtual camp, taking part in an assortment of meetings with an attention on player improvement through online training.
Behind the seat, Kelly Buchberger (Langenburg, Sask./Tri-City, WHL) will head Team Canada White, with Stéphane Julien (Shawinigan, Que./Sherbrooke, QMJHL) driving Team Canada Black and Chris Lazary (Toronto/Saginaw, OHL) filling in as lead trainer of Team Canada Red.
Joining Buchberger’s staff will be colleague mentors Maxime Desruisseaux (Victoriaville, Que./Victoriaville, QMJHL) and Chad Wiseman (Burlington, Ont./Guelph, OHL), while Josh Hepditch (Fredericton, N.B./Moncton, QMJHL) and Ryan Kuwabara (Hamilton, Ont./Flint, OHL) will work with Julien, and Kris Mallette (Kelowna, B.C./Kelowna, WHL) and Brad Yetman (Mount Pearl, N.L./Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL) will help Lazary.
“The national under-17 advancement camp is the primary stage in acquainting these competitors with the Program of Excellence, and it is an incredible open door for them to create as players and realize the stuff to wear the Maple Leaf,” said Scott Salmond, senior VP of national groups with Hockey Canada. “Our three under-17 groups are lucky to have these nine experienced mentors, and we know our training and bolster staffs will grasp the chance to control the improvement of the top youthful players in Canada.”
Buchberger has burned through two seasons as lead trainer of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He recently filled in as an associate mentor with the New York Islanders (2017-18) and held different situations with the Edmonton Oilers from 2008-17, including six seasons as an associate mentor (2008-14). Buchberger twice won the Stanley Cup with the Oilers as a player, in 1987 and 1990, and spoke to Canada multiple times at the IIHF World Championship, winning gold in 1994 and silver in 1996.
Julien won the Trophée Ron-Lapointe as QMJHL mentor of the year this season, his fourth with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He assumed control over the lead trainer position during the 2015-16 season in the wake of serving multiple seasons as an associate mentor with the Phoenix (2012-15). Julien filled in as an associate mentor with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship and, as a player, won the Spengler Cup in 2000 and Deutschland Cup in 2008 with Team Canada.
Lazary was elevated to lead trainer of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in November 2018 after multiple seasons (2016-18) as a partner mentor with Saginaw and two seasons (2014-16) as an associate mentor with the Sarnia Sting (OHL). Preceding his Canadian Hockey League (CHL) training vocation, he burned through two seasons (2010-12) as an associate mentor with the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) and one season (2012-13) as a partner with York University.
Desruisseaux was employed as partner mentor of the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) in May 2020, coming back to Victoriaville in the wake of going through six seasons with the Tigres as an associate mentor (2013-19). He will show up with the under-17 program; he was an associate mentor with Team Canada White at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Wiseman is entering his third season with the Guelph Storm (OHL), second as partner mentor, having helped the group to the OHL title in 2019. He started his training vocation as lead trainer of the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League in 2015, winning the Isobel Cup with the group (renamed the Metropolitan Riveters) in 2018.
Hepditch has spent the previous three seasons (2017-20) as an associate mentor with the Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL). He likewise trained the Amherst Ramblers (2014-15) and St. Stephen County Aces (2015-17) of the Maritime Hockey League (MHL), and filled in as a visitor mentor at Canada’s national under-17 advancement camp in 2019.
Kuwabara as of late finished his first season as a partner mentor with the Flint Firebirds (OHL) after two seasons (2017-19) as a collaborator with the Saginaw Spirit (OHL). He filled in as a video mentor with Team Canada White at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and was a visitor mentor at U17 camp in 2019. As a player, Kuwabara contended in the 1998 Olympic Winter Games and five IIHF World Championships with Japan.
Mallette was named lead trainer of the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) in March 2020, having joined the Rockets as an associate mentor in front of the 2014-15 season. His training vocation likewise included stops with the Vernon Vipers (BCHL) and the North Okanagan Knights (KIJHL). Mallette was drafted 62nd generally speaking by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
Yetman is entering his second season as an associate mentor with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) after two seasons (2017-19) as lead trainer of the East Coast Blizzard of the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget League (NLMMHL). He comes back to the under-17 program in the wake of filling in as a visitor mentor at U17 camp in 2019. As a player, he spoke to Team Atlantic at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.