Barrie Colts defenseman Aaron Ekblad, one of the top 2014 draft-eligible prospects on the board next June, was named captain of Canada's National summer Under-18 Team that will compete at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Canada's U-18 coach Dale Hunter made the announcement Sunday, one day prior to the start of the tournament.
Canada's National U-18 Team will begin its quest for a sixth consecutive gold medal against the Czech Republic in Group A in Breclav, Czech Republic, at 1 p.m. ET. It will be the first of three games in three days for Canada, which faces Sweden on Tuesday and Switzerland on Wednesday during the preliminary round.