Sarnia Sting members invited to Hockey Canada functions

Sting vs Spitfires Feb. 7 / 2020 .Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography.

A few players and staff from the Sarnia Sting have been invited to take part in Hockey Canada functions this summer.

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) released a full list on Friday of players and hockey operations staff members who are invited to upcoming functions, including the National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp, the National Junior Team Summer Camp, and the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Sting Head Coach Alan Letang was invited to coach the Men’s Summer Under-18 Team Selection Camp in July.

The camp will take place in Calgary at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park.

Seventeen OHL players were invited to the camp, including Sarnia defenceman Alexis Daviault and forward Angus MacDonell.

Players will take part in various on-and-off ice sessions between July 20 and July 23 for an opportunity to represent Canada at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp,” said Alan Millar, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel. “As our players are preparing to compete in short-term competition, we know all 44 players will come to camp ready to compete for a spot on the team and the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf in international competition.”

After the roster is decided upon, Team Canada will play a pair of games against Red and White teams from Canada’s National Junior Team summer camp.

Meanwhile, Sting goaltender Ben Gaudreau was one of 13 OHL players invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Camp from July 23-27.

“This is an exciting first step as we begin preparations for the upcoming season and the opportunity to compete at the 2023 World Juniors on home ice in Halifax and Moncton this December,” said Millar.

As stated in a media release, the camp roster will feature 26 players that have been selected in the NHL Draft, as well as six experienced coaches from across the Canadian Hockey League.

Sarnia goaltending coach Franky Palazzese was also chosen to oversee players at Canada’s national under-17 development camp, which will take place July 10-16. The staff will also lead Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White at the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Langley and Delta, B.C. in November.