November 22, 2012 - Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - Saint John Sea Dogs
HALIFAX - The Team Atlantic Male Under 17 program announced its roster today that will represent the Atlantic region at the World Under 17 tournament from December 29th to January 4th 2013. Included on the roster is Saint John Sea Dogs rookie Matthew Highmore.
This year's Male Under 17 Team Atlantic are comprised of players from each of the four Atlantic provinces with the breakdown as follows; Nova Scotia- 9 players, New Brunswick- 3 players, Newfoundland and Labrador- 7 players, Prince Edward Island- 3 players, for a 22 player roster.
Highmore has yet to play a game for the Sea Dogs this season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery. Despite the recovery period, Saint John selected Highmore with their first pick, eighth overall in the 2012 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Entry Draft.
"I'm just honoured to be named to Team Atlantic and am really excited to play," says Highmore. "Hopefully we can bring home a medal."
The Team Atlantic process began from the summer evaluation camp that took place July 15th to 19th at St. FX University in Antigonish, and throughout the fall during seasonal performance with respective club teams. Final selections were made at this past weekend's Monctonian Midget Tournament held in Moncton NB.
Head Coach Dave Ritcey commented on the team and the excitement heading into the World Under 17 tournament; " We had a very competitive camp and a lot of evaluating this fall and the decisions were difficult, but we as a staff are excited to have the quality of players available to us heading to the World Under 17 Challenge in Quebec".
Coach Dave Ritcey' last involvement with Team Atlantic was in Lethbridge Alberta in 2005 also serving as head coach leading the team to a bronze medal finish. Team Atlantic has not medalled in the tournament since.
This year the World Under 17 Tournament is being held in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Quebec from December 29th 2012 to January 4th 2013. These two locations are acting as co-hosts for the tournament with games in both locations. The team will travel on December 26th with a couple days of practices and preparations before round robin play begins on December 29th. For a tournament schedule please visit the Hockey Canada website at www.hockeycanada.ca .
Team Atlantic Male Under 17 Official Roster:
Antoine Landry - Caraquet, NB (Miramichi Major Midget, NBPEIMHL)
Mason McDonald - Halifax, NS (Bathurst Titan, QMJHL)
Luc Deschenes - Fredericton, NB (Fredericton Canadians, NBPEIMHL)
Cody Donaghey - St. John's, NL (Rouyn Noranda Huskies, QMJHL)
Duncan MacIntyre - Sydney, NS (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL)
Alex Mann - Lunenburg, NS (Milton Academy, US Prep)
Tanner McCabe - Charlottetown, PE (Charlottetown Islanders, NBPEIMHL)
Brendan Nickerson - Cape Sable Island, NS (Yarmouth Mariners, MHL)
Nicholas Quillan - Dartmouth, NS (Gunnery Prep School, US Prep)
Michael White - Sherwood, PE (Charlottetown Islanders, NBPEIMHL)
Lucas Batt - Lewisporte, NL (Victoriaville Tigers, QMJHL)
Clark Bishop - St. John's, NL (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL)
Johnny Erbs - Saint John, NB (Woodstock Slammers, MHL)
Matthew Highmore - Dartmouth, NS (Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL)
Liam Hynes - Ferryland, NL (The Hill Academy Prep School, US Prep)
Kameron Kielly - Charlottetown, PE (Gatineau Olympiqus, QMJHL)
Morgan Messenger - Centreville, NS (Yarmouth Mariners, MHL)
Zach Moody - Margaretsville, NS (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL)
Nathan Noel - St. John's, NL (Shattuck St. Mary's Prep, US Prep)
Josh Pugsley - Amherst, NS (Amherst Ramblers, MHL)
Kyle Tibbo - Conception Bay South, NL (The Hill Academy Prep School, US Prep)
Nathan Yetman - Mount Pearl, NL (PEI Rocket, QMJHL)
TEAM ATLANTIC MALE UNDER 17 STAFF:
Brad Taylor, Director of Operations - Bedford, NS (Hockey Nova Scotia)
Dave Ritcey, Head Coach - Truro, NS (Hockey Nova Scotia)
Terry Rhindress, Assistant Coach - Riverview, NB (Bridgewater Lumberjacks, MHL)
Scott Gordon, Assistant Coach - Mount Pearl, NL (Mount Pearl Jr. Marks Dakota Wild, SJJHL)
Joe Johnson, Goaltending Coach - Lower Sackville, NS (Dalhousie University, CIS)
Jessica Sears, Athletic Therapist - Dieppe, NB (Dieppe Commandos, MHL)
Steve Lindsay, Equipment Manager - Truro, NS (Truro Bearcats, MHL)
Also suiting up at the tournament is Sea Dogs rookie defenceman Olivier LeBlanc. He was the Sea Dogs second choice and selected 11th overall at the QMJHL draft. LeBlanc will represent team Quebec in the Hockey Challenge. He is fifth on the Sea Dogs in scoring with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in his first 22 games in the QMJHL.
"It's going to be a really great experience playing against other countries," says LeBlanc. "I can't wait to represent Quebec in this tournament."
The Sea Dogs return to action this weekend as the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Baie-Comeau Drakkar come to town. The Screaming Eagles are up first with the contest set for Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station for Vito's night as the Sea Dogs honourthe 20th anniversary of the Vito's Allan Cup win. Tickets are available at the Harbour Station box office, tickets.harbourstation.ca or by calling 657-1234.