Holmes Invited to Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp
The summer of 2020, and during another off-season, a member of the Soo Greyhounds blueline has been invited to Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team selection camp
JACOB HOLMES, the team's 1st Round Selection in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection was announced today to be one of the countries top Under-18 players to participate.
He is one of fourteen defenceman, and forty-six players overall to get the invite.
This past season the 6.01, 174-lber from Aliston, ON recorded 3 goals and 6 assists (9 points) for the Hounds.
Additionally, Jacob was a member of Team Canada Red at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Now he will look to dawn the maple leaf once again.
- - -
CALGARY, Alta. - Hockey Canada has recognized 46 of the country's top under-18 players that were invited to attend Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, as well as the coaching staff for the camp and 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Six goaltenders, 14 defencemen and 26 forwards were set to compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which was scheduled for Aug. 3-8 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., before it was cancelled April 28 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The camp roster featured 42 players who played for Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red or Team Canada White at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat, Alta., and Swift Current, Sask., last November.
In addition, Louis Robitaille (Montreal, Que./Gatineau, QMJHL) was to take the reins behind the bench as head coach, while Alan Letang (Renfrew, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL) were to serve as assistant coaches.
"It is important for Hockey Canada to recognize the work the players and coaching staff already put in to prepare for the summer and a chance to compete for gold on home ice," said Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada. "It was a difficult decision to cancel the tournament, as it provides the opportunity to showcase the top under-18 players in a best-on-best international showcase. We want to recognize the 46 players and our three coaches for this tremendous accomplishment, and we look forward to watching all players continue to develop as they look ahead to next season and a chance to compete at the IIHF U18 World Championship."
Robitaille was named head coach and general manager of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) on April 8 after spending four seasons (2016-20) as head coach of the Victoriaville Tigres. He also spent five seasons as an assistant coach with the Drummondville Voltigeurs (2011-15) and Val-d'Or Foreurs (2015-16). Robitaille was the head coach of Team Canada Red (2018) and an assistant coach with Team Canada Black (2017) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and won a bronze medal as an assistant coach at the 2015 IIHF U18 World Championship.
Letang was named head coach of the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in January 2019 after joining the team as an assistant coach in 2016. He also spent two seasons (2014-16) as an assistant with Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL following an 18-year pro career. Letang won a gold medal as an assistant coach with Canada's National Junior Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship and, as a player, helped Canada's National Men's Team win the 1998 Spengler Cup, along with a bronze medal at the 2006 Deutschland Cup.
Williams is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He has led the Silvertips to two U.S. Division titles and was named WHL Western Conference Coach of the Year in 2017-18. Williams won a silver medal as an assistant coach with Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and served as head coach of Team Canada Black at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
With the cancellation of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, focus will now turn to the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship next spring; a host city has not yet been announced. The Czech Republic and Slovakia will host the 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup before it returns to Edmonton and Red Deer in 2022.
For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.
• Discuss this story on the Ontario Hockey League message board...
Ontario Hockey League Stories from June 11, 2020
- Hockey Canada Honours Arnsby - North Bay Battalion
- Clarke Named to Hlinka Gretzky Cup Under-18 Summer Selection Camp Roster - Barrie Colts
- Letang Named Assistant Coach for 2020 Canadian Men's U18 Team - Owen Sound Attack
- Hockey Canada Names Mason McTavish to Men's Under-18 Selection Camp - Peterborough Petes
- Brett Harrison Named to Hockey Canada's Selection Camp Roster for the 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup - Oshawa Generals
- Holmes Invited to Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp - Soo Greyhounds
- OHL & NHL Alumnus Mark Mancari to Join Sting as Assistant Coach - Sarnia Sting
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Soo Greyhounds Stories
- McConnell-Barker Brings All-Around Talent and Positive Attitude to Greyhounds Lineup
- Soo Greyhounds Launch New Community Program: Hounds Handouts Presented by Bell
- Hound Pound Return/Exchange Update
- Kia CHL Top-10 Spotlight: Greyhounds Ready to Take Off
- @SaultAirport Invite's You to the First Responders 'Frozen' Parade this Saturday