ONT. – Hockey Eastern Ontario, Hockey Northwestern Ontario and the Ontario Hockey Federation are pleased to announce the Team Ontario roster for the men’s hockey team that will represent the province at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.
Held every four years, the Canada Winter Games showcases the top under-16 hockey talent in the country that sees one province or territory emerge as the best in the Nation. Team Ontario will be entering the competition as the defending men’s hockey gold medalists having defeated Team Alberta four years ago in Prince George, BC.
Leading the 2019 men’s hockey team will be head coach Jeff Jordan (Ottawa, Ont./ Kemptville 73’s U18 AAA), assisted by Steve Devine (Toronto, Ont./Toronto Marlboros Bantam) and Dean DeSilva (Kitchener, Ont./ Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA).
The team selection was led by Director of Operations and Head of Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting, Darrell Woodley.
“We are excited about the players we have named to Team Ontario. The selection process was extremely difficult, but I believe we have a team that is highly skilled and will push the pace at the Canada Winter Games,” said Woodley.
All players have been diligently evaluated since the start of the hockey season by team staff who took in a number of league games and major tournaments across the province spanning from Ottawa to Windsor, St. Catharines to Sudbury, and everywhere in between to identify the top talent.
LINK TO ROSTER: Team Ontario Men’s Hockey Roster
Leading the way with five players selected to the team are the Don Mills Flyers (GTHL), followed by three from the North Central Predators (OMHA) and two from the Pembroke Lumber Kings (HEO).
Players will gather for a Pre-Tournament Camp February 11 to 14 at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto as they begin preparations to defend the gold medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
“The goal for our camp in Toronto prior to flying out to Red Deer is to familiarize the players with what we would like to do as a team, but more imp