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Canada-One More Reason They Produce Players June 6, 2012 8:53 AM

The United States and Europe have been closing the gap on Canadian player development in recent years. The proof is in World Junior Championship play recently. But there is no question that Canada produces more players from a smaller citizenry than everyone else. One of those reasons is programming like the NHLPA’s Allstate All Canadians Mentorship Camp.

Hosted by NHL players under the leadership of 21-year NHL veteran Gary Roberts, the invitation-only camp will be held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from July 17 to 21, 2012. The intensive five-day camp will conclude with the Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup – an inter-squad exhibition game – on Saturday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET, broadcast on TSN.

Last year’s camp featured 28 first-round draft picks from the WHL and OHL, including first overall picks Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen) and Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts). The QMJHL draft is set to take place on June 9, and will feature 10 eligible All-Canadians players from 2011, including Daniel Audette, the number one rated prospect by QMJHL Central Scouting.

Players attending the five-day Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp, which would not be possible without the generous support of Allstate Canada, will receive important instruction both on the ice and in the classroom. Classroom sessions will cover a variety of foundational topics such as nutrition, strength and fitness, sports psychology, life skills and personal values. Parents will be invited to participate in selected sessions designed to equip families with the information they need to help make well-informed decisions and better support their young athletes.

The question to be asked is, why isnt the same type of camp being held in the United States and Europe? Corporate sponsorship is one key reason. The US and Europe lack the corporate dollars that Canada has an abundance of in support of hockey development. Unfortunately, even with the growth of the sport, and dramatic improvements in development, corporate America and Europe have yet to recognize hockey as a major sport for the most part.

The NHLPA has many ways of working with local communities, NHL players are always giving back. Ask any person who knows an NHL player and nearly without exception the first thing they will say about that player is that he is regular, down to earth guy.

Lets hope someone finds some of those corporate dollars to replicate this program in the US and Europe, so the good guys can keep giving back.

This years camp invities are:

Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp Player Selections by Region British Columbia Position Name Hometown Current Team F BARZAL, Mathew Coquitlam, BC Burnaby Winter Club D DAVIS, Kevin Kamloops, BC Kamloops Blazers D GATENBY, Joe Kelowna, BC Kelowna POE F GAWDIN, Glenn Richmond, BC Seafair Islanders F HARKINS, Jansen North Vancouver, BC North Shore Winter Club G McBRIDE, Nick Maple Ridge, BC Burnaby Winter Club F MORRISON, Brad West Kelowna, BC Okanagan Hockey Academy F MUSIL, Adam Delta, BC Burnaby Winter Club F RONNING, Ty Burnaby, BC Burnaby Winter Club D SCHULTZ, Ty New Westminster, BC Burnaby Winter Club F SOY, Tyler Surrey, BC Cloverdale Colts D WOTHERSPOON, Parker Surrey, BC Cloverdale Colts Alberta Position Name Hometown Current Team G CHILD, Travis Killam, AB Camrose Vikings F ESTEPHAN, Giorgio Edmonton, AB Edmonton SSAC Lions D GUHLE, Brendan Sherwood Park, AB Sherwood Park Flyers F MERKLEY, Nick Calgary, AB Calgary Bisons D REAGAN, Brady Blackie, AB Okanagan Hockey Academy G SAWCHENKO, Zach Calgary, AB Calgary Royals Saskatchewan Position Name Hometown Current Team F HALBGEWACHS, Jayden Emerald Park, SK Balgonie Prairie Storm F NAGY, Regan Ogema, SK Weyburn Wings D OLSON, Tate Saskatoon, SK Saskatoon Stallions D RIDDLE, Brennan Balgonie, SK Balgonie Prairie Storm Manitoba Position Name Hometown Current Team G VERHELST, Tyson Brandon, MB Brandon Wheat Kings Ontario Position Name Hometown Current Team G BLACKER, Ben Oakville, ON Brampton Battalion D CAPOBIANCO, Kyle Mississauga, ON Toronto Marlboros F CRAIEVICH, Adam Sarnia, ON Lambton Jr. Sting (Minor Midget) F KONECNY, Travis Mt. Brydges, ON Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs D LIZOTTE, Cameron Falconbridge, ON Copper Cliff Redmen (Minor Midget) F LUCHUK, Aaron Kingston, ON Greater Kingston Jr. Frontenacs F McDAVID, Connor Newmarket, ON Toronto Marlboros (Minor Midget) F McKENZIE, Brett Vars, ON Eastern Ontario Wild F SPEERS, Blake Sault Ste. Marie, ON Soo Thunder F STEPHENS, Mitchell Peterborough, ON Toronto Marlboros F STROME, Dylan Mississauga, ON Toronto Marlboros Quebec Position Name Hometown Current Team F BEAUVILLIER, Anthony St-Hyacinthe, PQ Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard (Midget Espoir) G BOOTH, Callum Montreal, PQ Royal de Montréal F GAUTHIER, Julien Montreal, PQ Royal de Montréal D ROY, Jérémy Richelieu, PQ Gaulois du Collège Antoine-Girouard (Midget AAA) F ROY, Nicolas Amos, PQ Forestiers d’Amos (Midget AAA) F SPRONG, Daniel Ile-Bizard, PQ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (USA) New Brunswick Position Name Hometown Current Team D DESCHENES, Luc Fredericton, NB Fredericton Canadiens (Midget AAA) Newfoundland Position Name Hometown Current Team F NOEL, Nathan St. John’s, NL Shattuck St. Mary’s (USA)

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