Introducing Team Canada for 2017
2017 Team Canada Roster Brendan Baumgartner - Edmonton, AB Brett Bulmer - Prince George, BC Jos...

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Team Canada 26 Man Shortlist Announced
EDMONTON, Alta. – Roller Hockey Canada is proud to announce today the top 26 inline hockey players t...

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Roller Hockey Canada announces GM for 2017 National Men's Team
Roller Hockey Canada (RHC) announced today that Kirk Jensen (Edmonton, AB) has been named as the Gen...

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2017 Team Canada Tryout Dates / Locations Announced
Team Canada Identification Camps Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps acro...

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Introducing Team Canada for 2017
Team Canada 26 Man Shortlist Announced
Roller Hockey Canada announces GM for 2017 National...
2017 Team Canada Tryout Dates / Locations Announced...

Introducing Team Canada for 2017

2017 Team Canada Roster

  1. Brendan Baumgartner - Edmonton, AB
  2. Brett Bulmer - Prince George, BC
  3. Josh Foote - Sherwood Park, AB
  4. Shaun Furlong - London, ON
  5. Dave Hammond - Orange, CA
  6. Kyle Henderson - Stony Plain, AB
  7. Schael Higson - Grande Prairie, AB
  8. James Isaacs - Victoria, BC
  9. Brett Leggat - Hamilton, ON
  10. Chris Rauckman - Red Deer, AB
  11. Jonah Renouf - Mississauga, ON
  12. Nathan Renouf - Mississauga, ON
  13. Austin Steger - Edmonton, AB
  14. Paul Town - London, ON
  15. Kade Vilio - Aldergrove, BC
  16. Thomas Woods - North Vancouver, BC
  17. Jarrad Davies - Equipment Manager - Golden, BC
  18. Rebecca Henderson - Athletic Therapist - Olds, AB
  19. Kirk Jenson - General Manager - Edmonton, AB
  20. Jason Stephens - Coach - Red Deer, AB

Team Canada 26 Man Shortlist Announced

EDMONTON, Alta. – Roller Hockey Canada is proud to announce today the top 26 inline hockey players that have been shortlisted for further evaluation in preparation to represent Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.

 

Fifty players were evaluated over the past weekend at the Team Canada ID Camps in Spruce Grove and North Vancouver.  The 26 short listed players will continue to be evaluated and researched in internal meetings.  The list will be narrowed down to the final roster of 16 players to proudly wear the Team Canada jersey.

 

“Our goal is to assemble the most competitive team possible for the World Championships and defend our title,” said General Manager, Kirk Jensen. “Through the ID Camps we were excited to see such a balance of players, both rookies and veterans, from across Canada. Our game and country are in good hands for the present and well into the future.”

 

The IIHF Inline World Championships pits Canada against seven other countries in the Top Division. 2017 will be the 21st year for this championship. Team Canada has been on the podium for the past five years and captured gold at the last championship in 2015 with a 4-2 win over Finland.

 

“Short listing these players was no easy feat,” said Head Coach Jason Stephens. “The players that came to the ID Camps along with the UTAs are very talented, and trying to put together a team that can come together in a World Championship over a short time period and play a team game is difficult.”

 

Over the next few days Team Canada staff will work to get down to the final roster with it being announced on the website and through social media on Sunday, May 21st.

 

The IIHF World Championships is the pinnacle event for an athlete in the Team Canada Program.  It is the only world championship recognized and sanctioned by the IIHF and Hockey Canada.  The championships will be held this year from June 25-July 1 in Bratislava at the Ondrej Nepela Arena.

 

The Team Canada Roster Short List includes the following players (in alphabetical order):

 

  1. Trevor Ayre

  2. Brendan Baumgartner

  3. Brett Bulmer

  4. Corey Conacher

  5. Jamie Deba

  6. Josh Foote

  7. Shaun Furlong

  8. Dave Hammond

  9. Kyle Henderson

  10. Schael Higson

  11. James Isaacs

  12. Brett Leggat

  13. Matthew Paccagnan

  14. Chris Rauckman

  15. Nathan Renouf

  16. Jonah Renouf

  17. Adam Ross

  18. Cole Sonsteille

  19. Austin Steger

  20. Jimmy Teed

  21. Chris Terry

  22. Paul Town

  23. Kade Vilio

  24. Trent Vilio

  25. Stefan Virtanen

  26. Thomas Woods

Roller Hockey Canada announces GM for 2017 National Men's Team

Roller Hockey Canada (RHC) announced today that Kirk Jensen (Edmonton, AB) has been named as the General Manager of Team Canada for the 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships to take place June 24 - July 1, 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

“I am very honoured to accept the role of General Manager for Team Canada as we defend our world championship title this June in Slovakia, " said Jensen. "From discussions with the Board of Directors and Head Coach Jason Stephens we share the same vision of excellence for our program that includes the players, sponsors and supporters. As defending World Champions, I feel a deep responsibility to do all I can with the experience and assets I bring from my years through the game of inline and managing internationally. I want this to be a program that our elite players want to come to and the grass roots want to aspire to. It’s an exciting time for our sport and look forward to sharing all the experiences of the team and championship right across our great country.”

"We are thrilled to have Kirk take the reins this year and continue to build on the past foundation of our program," commented Scott Hill, RHC President. "We are extremely confident in Kirk's experience, passion, organizational and leadership skills that will make this a smooth transition and the team will be well prepared for puck drop in Bratislava in a couple months."

Jensen comes to Team Canada with an impressive resume including:

  • 5 years as Scout with the Camrose Kodiaks Jr A
  • Director with Alberta Minor Roller Hockey Association
  • Director Team Alberta Inline Program
  • NCCP Coaching, Safety and Speakout Certifications
  • Team Alberta Head Coach - State Wars AAA Champions
  • 18 marathons completed worldwide including Boston (3x), Athens, New York, Berlin, Paris, Chicago, Tokyo, London
  • 25 years international business development and management

Jensen has already begun working on preparations for the tryout camps and the eventual trip to Slovakia including meeting with the coaching staff, finalizing Team Selection Camp details, travel and accommodation details in Slovakia, equipment orders, daily schedules and all team logistics.

Roller Hockey Canada wishes to say a big THANK YOU to outgoing GM Nathan Fleck who is unable to attend this year's event due to scheduling conflicts. "I'm very excited that our program has been able to find a quality individual like Kirk Jensen," said Fleck. "Kirk brings a passion for the game of roller hockey and winning experience at all levels in our sport to the position of General Manager. I am confident that Kirk will excel in this role and continue the winning tradition of our Team Canada Program."

"Nathan has really been the glue for this program from the start in 2008 right up until today, " said Hill. "He brought stability, passion and a collaborative approach that allowed the coaching staff and players to operate in a successful environment. Under Nathan's direction, the program improved every year after starting in Division 1 the first year, moving up to the Top Division in year 2, claiming gold in 2012, a run of five consecutive years on the medal podium and a second World Championship in 2015. His record as GM speaks for itself. While he won't be as hands on this year as much as in past years, Nathan will be providing background support to Jensen and the team right up until departure to Slovakia."

Canada will enter the 2017 World Championships as the #1 seed after winning the gold medal in 2015. Their round robin opponents in Group A include Slovakia (4th), USA (5th) and Croatia (8th). Group B will see Finland (2nd), Sweden (3rd), Czech Republic (6th) and Germany (7th) compete for seeding going into the playoff rounds. After the round robin wraps up all 8 teams will move into the quarterfinals and crossover against the other Group.

Full tournament details including live updates, rosters, schedules, stats and video streaming will be available at www.iihf.com.

About Roller Hockey

Canada Roller Hockey Canada is the governing body for roller/inline hockey in Canada, recognized by Hockey Canada, USA Hockey and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Roller Hockey Canada represents players, coaches, officials and volunteers across the country. Roller Hockey Canada is a not-for-profit organization that provides consistent rules and regulations and various other membership services from coast to coast; manages an officials and coaches program, and leads the operation of the men's national team that represents Canada at the IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship. Roller Hockey Canada’s mission is to “foster and promote the growth and development of roller hockey across Canada.

2017 Team Canada Tryout Dates / Locations Announced

Team Canada Identification Camps

Traditionally, Team Canada holds several Identification Camps across Canada which are open for anyone to attend and be evaluated by our Team Canada Staff for potential selection to Team Canada.

In 2017, Team Canada Identification Camps will be held:

ALBERTA – May 13, 2017 at 10:00am and 1:15pm –Tri-Leisure Centre - Spruce Grove, AB

BRITISH COLUMBIA – May 13th, 2017 at 9:00pm and May 14th, 2017 at 8:00am – KAREN MAGNUSSEN ARENA, NORTH VANCOUVER BC

Each Identification consists of 2 – 60 minute on floor sessions which allows players to showcase their skills in front of Team Canada Staff.

 

Full evaluations are made based on each player’s performance at the Identification Camp and consideration will be given for selection to Team Canada based on this information.

 

Team Canada Timeline

1) CURRENTLY - Team Canada Identification Camp Online Registration Opens

2) May 5th  – Unable to Attend Application submission deadline

3) May13th & 14th  – Team Canada Identification Camps

4) May 17th -  Team Canada Short List Announcement

5) May 21st - Team Canada Roster Announcement

6) June 25th - July 1st  – IIHF Men’s World Inline Hockey Championships, Bratislava Slovakia

 

Come try out for Team Canada, click here to register.

For more information about the Team Canada Selection Process please go here.