CALGARY, AB– Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Thursday that Ryan Pulock (Grandview, Man./Brandon, WHL) and Hunter Shinkaruk (Calgary, Alta./Medicine Hat, WHL) have been added to Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team roster for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World U18 Championship, currently underway in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic.
Canada opened the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with a 6-1 win over Denmark on Thursday and will face the Czech Republic, Finland and the United States in the preliminary round.
Canada’s roster includes players born in 1994 or later whose teams are no longer competing in the CHL playoffs with their respective club teams. Many of Canada’s players on Canada’s roster will be among the top selections at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, Pa., in June.
Canada’s roster now includes 10 players from the Ontario Hockey League, nine players from the Western Hockey League and three players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Seven players helped Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team capture the gold medal at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in August 2011 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Canada’s roster also includes 12 players who took part in the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie, Man., and four players who competed at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Windsor, Ont.
Canada is a two-time gold medallist at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, earning gold in 2003 and 2008. It finished fourth at the 2011 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Crimmitschau and Dresden, Germany.