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MacKinnon to help Canada's drive for five Hlinka titles

Monday, 08.06.2012 / 8:48 PM / News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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MacKinnon to help Canada's drive for five Hlinka titles
Nathan MacKinnon, a front-runner to be the first player picked at the 2013 NHL Draft, will lead Canada's entry into the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

2012 Canada Hlinka Tournament Roster

GOALTENDERS -- Eric Comrie, Tri-City (WHL); Zachary Fucale, Halifax (QMJHL)

DEFENSEMEN -- Chris Bigras, Owen Sound (OHL); Madison Bowey, Kelowna (WHL); Kayle Doetzel, Red Deer (WHL); Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert (WHL); Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); Jordan Subban, Belleville (OHL); Shea Theodore, Seattle (WHL)

FORWARDS -- Max Domi, London (OHL); Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL); Anthony Duclair, Quebec (QMJHL), Jeremy Gregoire, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Bo Horvat, London (OHL); Morgan Klimchuk, Regina (WHL); Ryan Kujawinski, Kingston (OHL); Yan-Pavel Laplante, P.E.I. (QMJHL); Curtis Lazar, Edmonton (WHL); Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL); Nic Petan, Portland (WHL); Sam Reinhart, Kootenay (WHL); Nick Ritchie, Peterborough (OHL)

Nathan MacKinnon, a front-runner to be the first player picked at the 2013 NHL Draft, will lead Canada's entry into the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Canada will go for a fifth straight championship at the annual summer under-18 event, to be held this year Aug. 13-18 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia.

In his first full season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, MacKinnon led all first-year QMJHL players with 47 assists, and he was second with 78 points in 58 games. He then had 13 goals and 15 assists in 17 QMJHL playoff games.

Joining MacKinnon on the team are two Halifax teammates -- goaltender Zachary Fucale and forward Jonathan Drouin.

Another player likely to hear his name called early on the first day of the 2013 draft is London Knights center Max Domi, who had 21 goals and 28 assists in 62 regular-season games in the Ontario Hockey League; his 49 points were third among all first-year OHL players. He also had three points in four games to help London reach the Memorial Cup championship game.

Domi's London teammate, forward Bo Horvat, also was named to the team.

Edmonton Oil Kings center Curtis Lazar earned his high draft ranking thanks in part to his memorable run through the Western Hockey League playoffs, when he had eight goals and 11 assists in 20 games to help Edmonton win the WHL title.

Of the 22 players who made the team, 20 are eligible for the 2013 draft; two -- Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart and Peterborough Petes forward Nick Ritchie -- won't be eligible until 2014.

Todd Gill, who coaches the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL, will coach the team, with Guelph (OHL) coach Scott Walker and Victoriaville (QMJHL) coach Yanick Jean working as assistant coaches.

The roster was picked after a four-day camp in Toronto.

"It was a very competitive camp," Gill told Hockey Canada's website. "We could have easily chosen all these players to play in the tournament. There is a lot of talent on the ice in this country, and we look forward to getting to Europe and continuing Canada's great tradition at this event."

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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