2015 Team Canada Final Roster Announced
  Dauphin, MB - Team Canada has announced the complete roster for the upcoming 2015 IIHF Worl...

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2015 Team Canada Short List Announced
Dauphin, MB - After a solid weekend of evaluating some of the best Canadian roller hockey talent a...

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Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced
Team Canada Identification Camps Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps a...

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From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild Winger Jason Zucker Is Turning Heads
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2015 Team Canada Final Roster Announced
2015 Team Canada Short List Announced
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2015 Team Canada Final Roster Announced

 

Dauphin, MB - Team Canada has announced the complete roster for the upcoming 2015 IIHF World Championships in Tampere, Finland from July 5 - 11th. Team Canada has finished on the podium for the past 4 seasons, the current longest medal streak of any team in the tournament (2011-Bronze, 2012-Gold, 2013 –Bronze, 2014-Silver).

 

While the newest version of Team Canada has several returning players from last season’s Silver winning team, some new faces will see their first IIHF level action.

 

"This season's identification camps were well attended and some of the strongest competition we've seen in recent years," Nathan Fleck, Executive Director explained, "Since the program has been established in these communities, we still have Team Canada alumni attending the identification camps regularly so we are able to evaluate all players who attend to the IIHF level that we require for our team to be successful. As we've said before, our goal is always to bring a team stronger than the previous season and we feel that the new players added, as well as the development of some of our returning players over the past winter make this team a strong contender once again."

 

2015 Team Canada Roster

1. G Brett Leggat Hamilton, ON

2. G Tommy Nixon Sherwood Park, AB

3. D Kyle Henderson Edmonton, AB

4. D Kirk French Langley, BC

5. D Brendan Baumgartner, Edmonton AB

6. D James Isaacs, Victoria BC

7. D Brennan Luscombe, Burlington, ON

8. D Adam Ross, Red Deer AB

9. F Thomas Woods, Vancouver, BC

10. F Richard Vanderhoek, Langley BC

11. F Chris Santiago, Langley BC

12. F Brett Bulmer, Prince George BC

13. F Josh Foote Sherwood Park, AB

14. F Chris Rauckman, Red Deer AB

15. F Dave Hammond, Orange, CA

16. F Malcolm Gould, North Vancouver, BC

 

You can follow Team Canada during the championships at www.niha.ca via video interviews, stories and live game updates.

For more information on NIHACanada and Team Canada, please contact:

 Nathan Fleck
Executive Director
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2015 Team Canada Short List Announced

Dauphin, MB - After a solid weekend of evaluating some of the best Canadian roller hockey talent at the Identification Camps in BC and Alberta along with several Unable To Attend player applications, our Men's National Team Program is proud to release the short list of players being considered for a roster spot on Team Canada for the IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland July 5-11th.

"We were very appreciative of the support from North Shore Inline Hockey Association and Alberta Mens Roller Hockey League in promoting our ID Camps and helping to organize key aspects of the event" said Nathan Fleck, Executive Director NIHA-Canada. "Without the local leagues efforts in their community, we wouldn't have the opportunity to come out and see the hidden talent across our country."

Jason Stephens, Head Coach Team Canada explained the next steps in finalizing the 2015 Team Canada Roster. "Today, we are announcing the short list of 26 players that we feel are in the mix for a roster spot. We will continue this week to have more internal meetings and eventually come up with our final roster, but all the players on the list announced today are being looked at further regarding a potential role within our program this summer."

"We're in a great situation with such a solid talent turnout for this years team, so it's going to be tough going while we work our way down to a final roster out of this list of 26 players" Stephens continued. "Each one of these players will be contacted by our team staff directly to let them know how they evaluated and where we recognized their strengths. Players who attended the identification camps or submitted Unable to Attend requests and did not make it onto this list, can contact us if they would like more information on their personal evaluation via phone or email."

The Team Canada Roster Short List includes the following players (in alphabetical order):

 

  1. Bryan Arneson (F)
  2. Brendan Baumgartner (D)
  3. Brett Bulmer (F)
  4. Jamie Deba (G)
  5. Josh Foote (F)
  6. Kirk French (D)
  7. Malcolm Gould (F)
  8. Max Grassi (F)
  9. Dave Hammond (F)
  10. Kyle Henderson (D)
  11. James Isaacs (D)
  12. Brett Leggat (G)
  13. Brennan Luscombe (D)
  14. Cam Maclise (F)
  15. Tyler Martens (F)
  16. Jeremy McKibbon (F)
  17. Tommy Nixon (G)
  18. Chris Rauckman (F)
  19. Jonah Renouf (F)
  20. Nate Renouf (F)
  21. Adam Ross (D)
  22. Chris Santiago (F)
  23. Richard Vanderhoek (F)
  24. Kade Vilio (F)
  25. Stefan Virtanen (D)
  26. Thomas Woods (F)

Team Canada Tryout Date / Locations Announced

Team Canada Identification Camps

Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps across Canada which are open for anyone to attend and be evaluated by our Team Canada Staff for potential selection to Team Canada.

In 2015, Team Canada Identification Camps will be held:

ALBERTA – May 10th, 2015 – MILLENIUM PLACE, SHERWOOD PARK AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 9th, 2015 – KAREN MAGNUSSEN ARENA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC

Each Identification consists of 2 – 90 minute on floor sessions as well as 1 – 30 minute off floor session which allows players to showcase their skills in front of Team Canada Staff

Full evaluations are made based on each players performance at the Identification Camp and consideration will be given for selection to Team Canada based on this information.

 

Team Canada Timeline

1) CURRENTLY - Team Canada Identification Camp Online Registration Opens

2)May 1st  – Unable to Attend Application submission deadline

3) May 9th & 10th  – Team Canada Identification Camps

5)May 14th -  Team Canada Selection and Roster Announcement

6)July 5th - 12th  – IIHF Men’s World Inline Hockey Championships, Tampere Finland

 

If you would like to try out for Team Canada please click here to register.

 

NIHA-Canada’s Team Canada Program attends the annual International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Mens World Inline Hockey Championship and since our return to this event, Team Canada has medalled in all of the last 4 years.

2014 - Pardubice, Czech Republic, Silver Medal (2nd)

2013 - Dresden, Germany - Bronze Medal (3rd)

2012- Ingolstadt, Germany - Gold Medal (1st)

2011 – Pardubice, Czech rep – Bronze Medal (3rd)

2010 – Karlstad, Sweden – 4th

2009 – Ingolstadt, Germany – 7th

2008 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Gold Division 1 (9th – promoted to Top Division)

 

Each year we receive a number of questions related to Team Canada and specifically the Team Selection Process. In order to assist in clearing up any misconceptions and answer many questions, we are pleased to outline the Selection Process in detail. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.

 

Team Canada Eligibility and Selection Process is outlined as follows:

Player Eligibility:

 

In order to qualify for potential selection to Team Canada, players must meet the following requirements:

 

1)Be a minimum 18 years of age

2)Be a Canadian Citizen ( and be able to provide proper citizenship documents ie. Canadian Passport)

 

**There is no minimal skill level requirement in order for a player to go through the Identification / Selection Process

 

Selection Process:

Team Canada is selected via 2 processes in order to allow an opportunity for anyone interested to be identified for consideration:

 

1)Team Canada Identification Camps

                         2)Unable to Attend Camp Applications (UTA)

 

Selection Process Details 

1)Team Canada Identification Camps – Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps across Canada which are open for anyone to attend and be evaluated by our Team Canada Staff for potential selection to Team Canada

In 2015, Team Canada Identification Camps will be held:

ALBERTA – May 10th, 2015 –MILLENIUM PLACE, SHERWOOD PARK AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 9th, 2015 – KAREN MAGNUSSEN ARENA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC

 

Each Identification consists of 2 – 90 minute on floor sessions as well as 1 – 30 minute off floor session which allows players to showcase their skills in front of Team Canada Staff

Full evaluations are made based on each players performance at the Identification Camp and consideration will be given for selection to Team Canada based on this information.

**Attending a Team Canada Identification Camp is the best way to be considered for the final roster as you are actually seen by the Coaches/Evaluators**

To register for any of these tryouts, please follow CLICK HERE as well as to download the full Identification Camp Package.

**Each player attending the Identification Camps will be required to provide credit card information at the time of registering for the Player Registration Fee. (If you are not selected to the team your credit card will not be charged with the fee)

2)Unable To Attend Camp (UTA):with such a vast country plus limited time and resources, it is not possible to hold an Identification Camp in each province. In addition, there are a number of players who are unable to attend an Identification Camp due to where they live, too far from a Camp, still away at University or playing with their ice hockey team in another province/state. In trying to be open and fair to all players, we respect these challenges and provide a process for these players to be considered even if they cannot attend the Camps. To be considered under this item, you must meet the following criteria:

 

a.Provide written documentation to NIHA-Canada of the special circumstances that do not allow you to attend an Identification Camp.

 

b.Provide written letters of reference from at least 2 individuals (ideally coaches).

c.Provide a detailed history of your inline and ice hockey background for the last 5 years, including team, league, position, etc. 

d.This information does not guarantee a spot on the roster, but is invaluable in assisting the evaluators in assessing the entire list of eligible players.

e.As mentioned above in Item #1, the best way to be considered for the final roster is to be seen by the Coaches/Evaluators. We encourage all players to make every effort to attend one of the Identification Camps.

f.Note: Only legitimate and verifiable reasons for not attending the camp will be accepted. (eg. Out of country for work, school, hockey)

 

 

**THIS MUST ALL BE SUBMITTED TO TEAM CANADA NO LATER THAN APRIL 18TH ,MAY 1ST, 2015.

A meeting will be held to go over and discuss all applications and a committee will respond within 72 hours to each applicant with one of the following responses via email:

a)Your Unable To Attend Application must provide an acceptable reason for your inability to attend a Team Canada Identification Camp. You will not be required to attend a camp in order to be considered for selection to the 2015 Team Canada Roster.

b)Your Unable to Attend Application has not provided an acceptable reason for your inability to attend a Team Canada Identification Camp. You will be required to attend a camp in order to be considered for selection to the 2015 Team Canada Roster.

Team Canada Selection Policies:

Team Canada’s final roster which will attend the 2015 IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland July 5th - 12th, 2015 will consist of:

-12 Skaters

-2 Goaltenders

These players will be selected through the above mentioned processes with the following minimum/maximum roster spot allocations:

a)A MINIMUM of 8 roster spots will be selected via the Team Canada Identification Camp Process and a MAXIMUM of 6 roster spots may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process, based on there being 4 Team Canada Identification Camps being held across Canada for selection.

i.If fewer than 4 Team Canada Identification camps are being held, the maximum roster spots which may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process will increase by 2 for each camp that is not being held. Ie. If 3 Identification Camps are held, a minimum of 6 roster spots will be selected via the Team Canada Identification Camp Process and a maximum of 8 roster spots may be selected via the Unable to Attend Application Process.

ii. There is no minimum number of roster spots allocated to each camp. (ie. With 2 Identification Camps in 2014, there is no guarantee of 2 players selected from each camp. These roster spots are selected based on finding the strongest players for the team and potentially all 6 may be selected from the same camp)

From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild Winger Jason Zucker Is Turning Heads

 

Jason Zucker , Roller Background in Las Vegas, to the NHL!

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker has taken an unprecedented route to the NHL. From the bright lights of Las Vegas to the roaring arenas of the NHL – it’s been an incredible journey for this special 22-year-old winger.

Due to the scarcity of ice rinks in the Sin City, Zucker grew up playing roller hockey under a hot sun in hometown. His path to the NHL sounds like something out of an improbable Hollywood script. Zucker was a Las Vegas kid who didn’t touch a sheet of ice until the age of six and began skating on the ice of local hotel casinos.

At 15, Zucker and his family moved to Plymouth, Michigan. Zucker was able to crack the roster of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. He impressed to the point that he made the United States under-18 team and eventually starred for the University of Denver Pioneers.

“I was born in Newport Beach, but I moved to Las Vegas when I was two months old,” Zucker said. “I moved away from home to make sure I could play at a high level. I was in L.A, I was back in Vegas, I was in Michigan – I was kind of all over the place.”

Zucker made history when he became the first-ever Las Vegas native to be drafted into the NHL. Through six games this season, the 5-foot-11 winger has scored four goals in six games.

Offensive upside, athleticism and tremendous energy have always been hallmarks of Zucker’s game. The message coming from Wild head coach Mike Yeo was that Zucker needed to improve his defensive game. This season, Zucker has made large strides forward in polishing his defensive zone play. He credits a dressing room full of approachable stars and the Wild coaching staff for his improvement.

“Hockey is the three-zone sport,” Zucker said. “The coaching staff really helped me out with that. You have to be good at all three to be able to excel at this level. I’ve had a lot of guys in this room helping me out. Zach (Parise), Mikko (Koivu), (Thomas) Vanek – those three this year have been great. In years past, it’s been (Dany) Heatley and (Matt) Cullen. I’ve had a lot of help from a lot of different guys with a lot of different mindsets. It’s all good stuff and it’s all going to help me in the long run.”

Having signed for the Wild this summer, Thomas Vanek is immediately impressed with what he’s seen from the promising 22-year-old.

“I didn’t know much about him,” Vanek said. “To be honest, I think he’s been one of our strongest players from the start. His skating, his penalty killing has been great. He’s been opportunistic and burying the chances he’s getting.”

Zucker is studying Parise’s example closely, and is modeling his after the all-world winger. Zucker plays with bursting energy and endless effort personified by the Team USA captain.

“I think anybody in the world can learn something from a guy like him,” Zucker said. “That’s definitely something that I tried to follow and model after. I think you’d be foolish not to look at a guy like that and try to learn from him.”

Koivu, Minnesota’s long-serving captain is encouraged by Zucker’s start to the season and sees growth in Zucker becoming a responsible two-way player.

“It’s early, but he’s been solid,” Koivu said. “He’s a smart kid. A good start for a player like him is important. Not just the goals, he’s been playing good, two-way hockey. In the end, it’s about the player you want to become. His two-way game is another step from last year. Hopefully, he can keep it up and keep improving.”

The Wild have a good idea of what this kid is about and where he’s going. Having improved his defensive zone play to compliment his high-level skill and boundless energy, Zucker has a shot at becoming a special talent. Soon, the rest of the NHL will take notice.