USA Hockey and Hockey Canada have both recently announced the names of players that have been invited to their national evaluation and development camps. Among the players selected are four prospects in the Sharks organization.
Goaltender Alex Stalock
has been invited to USA Hockey’s 2006 National Junior Evaluation Camp. The camp, which goes from Aug. 5-14, will be hosted in Lake Placid, N.Y. Stalock will join the impressive American field which includes 14 members from the 2006 IIHF World Champion U.S. National U-18 Team and nine former first round draft selections from the 2005 and 2006 NHL Entry Drafts.
The USA Hockey camp will feature practices and eight international scrimmages with similar squads from Sweden and Finland. Players will be auditioning for a chance to compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship — Dec. 26, 2006-Jan. 5, 2007 — in Mora and Leksand, Sweden.
Stalock spent last season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (United States Hockey League), leading the league in wins (28) and save percentage (0.931) while posting a 2.54 GAA, good enough for sixth in the league. Stalock earned several honors for his stellar regular season performance and was named the USHL’s Top Goaltender of the Year and RBK First Team All-USHL.
Stalock, a Sharks draft selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (fourth round, 112th overall), was also selected to represent the United States at the Viking Cup where he posted a 2-0-0-1 record and led the U.S. to a third-place finish. The five-foot-eleven, 170-pound native of St. Paul, Minn. has signed a letter of intent to play next season at the University of Minnesota at Duluth.
The camp opens on Aug. 4, with the first games set for Aug. 8. All practice sessions are open to the public and tickets to the international games are available through the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid. For more information, visit www.usahockey.com
Sharks first round draft selections right wing Devin Setoguchi (2005, eighth overall) and defenseman Ty Wishart (2006, 16th overall) and 2005 second round selection defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic
(35th overall, acquired from Calgary in exchange for G Miikka Kiprusoff) have all been invited to attend Hockey Canada’s U-20 National Junior Team Development Camp from July 23-28, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta.
Setoguchi spent last season with Saskatoon (Western Hockey League), finishing seventh in the league in points (83) in 65 games while leading his team in goals (36) and finishing second in assists (47). He also added 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 10 WHL playoff games. The Taber, Alberta native attended last year’s Team Canada Development Camp and signed his first professional contract with San Jose on April 8, 2006.
Vlasic, who also attended last year’s Team Canada Development Camp, recently completed his third season with the Quebec Remparts and won a Memorial Cup Championship. During the regular season, he finished fourth among all Quebec Major Junior Hockey League defensemen in scoring with 73 points (16 goals, 57 assists) in 66 games and was second among Remparts blueliners. A Quebec assistant captain, Vlasic finished third on the team in plus/minus with a plus-41 player rating.
In 25 QMJHL Playoff games, Vlasic posted 29 points (five goals, 24 assists), first among all League defensemen and fifth overall. He also added three assists in the Memorial Cup Playoffs, including an assist on the championship-winning goal. He led all players in the championship series with a plus-7 player rating.
Wishart, selected 16th overall by San Jose in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, finished fifth on the Prince George Raiders (WHL) in scoring with 37 points (five goals, 32 assists). His plus-12 player rating was second-best on the team.
The National Junior Team Development Camp is the first step in a process that Hockey Canada follows to name Canada’s National Junior Team roster in December. Following this July camp, Hockey Canada’s Men’s National Teams Program will continue to monitor and evaluate these players and other eligible players in the Canadian Hockey League, as well as in the junior and college ranks in Canada and the USA. .
In late November or early December, Hockey Canada will invite a shorter list of players to the National Junior Team Selection Camp which takes place in mid-December. During the December Selection Camp, the coaching staff will select the 22 players that will represent Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship in Leksand, Sweden.
The players invited to the July 2006 National Junior Team Development Camp are identified, evaluated and selected based on evaluation reports conducted during the 2005-06 season as well as performances on Under-17, Under-18 and National Junior teams at 2005-06 events, with input from the coaches on Canada’s 2006-07 National Junior and National Under-18 teams and a network of CHL contacts as identified by Canada’s National Junior Team Policy Committee.
Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp in July will be under the direction of Head Coach Craig Hartsburg. For more information, visit www.hockeycanada.ca