Tri-City Americans

Ams' Rankin invited to Team Canada's U-18 tryouts

CALGARY, Alberta — Tri-City Americans forward Connor Rankin has been invited to Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team selection camp, which runs July 30 to Aug. 2 at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.

The roster includes four goaltenders, 14 defensemen and 24 forwards. At the end of camp, 22 will be selected for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, which will play in the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament, scheduled for Aug. 8-13 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The players, born in 1994, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast, in consultation with head coach Steve Spott (Waterloo, Ont./Kitchener, OHL) and assistant coaches Mario Duhamel (St-Bruno, Que./Drummondville, QMJHL) and Don Nachbaur (Kitimat, B.C./Spokane, WHL).

Prendergast evaluated the players over the course of the 2010-11 season, following them along with numerous other candidates for the program during league play, as well as during the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held from December 29 to January 4 in Winnipeg and Portage la Prairie, Man.

“This selection camp will be competitive and exciting,” Prendergast said in a news release. “These players represent the future of Canadian hockey and are a testament to the strength of the Canadian Hockey League and the skill development taking place in minor hockey associations across the country.”

The camp roster includes 19 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 15 from the Western Hockey League, six from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In total, 37 players competed at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.