Recruits Dot Canadian Tryout Rosters

Future college stars will contend for spots on two Canadian teams at the World Junior A Challenge.
Patrick McCarron of the St. Mike's Buzzers is one of two Cornell commits trying out for Canada East.

Nearly four dozen college hockey commits - and many, many more future college players - are among the players trying out for the Canada East and Canada West squads to compete in the World Junior A Challenge, Hockey Canada and the CJHL announced Tuesday.

U.S. Team Named | Full Canada East Tryout Roster | Full Canada West Tryout Roster

Tryouts for the Canada East and West teams will be held in Toronto and Calgary, respectively, from Oct. 28-31. With dozens of uncommitted players in each location, they are sure to be popular destinations for college recruiters.

Canada East's tryout roster is comprised of 60 players from five leagues: the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Quebec (LHJAAAQ) and the Maritime Hockey League (MHL). The players on Canada West come from the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

About the Commits

There are 21 players on Canada East who have already committed to college. Mercyhurst has three recruits trying out for Canada East, while Cornell, Dartmouth and Quinnipiac have two each.

Twenty-four players trying out for Canada West have committed to schools, with Western Michigan leading the way with three recruits. Alaska Anchorage, Brown, Clarkson, Harvard, Michigan, North Dakota and Quinnipiac each have two commits on that roster.

Looking at both rosters, nearly half of the schools in Division I (28) have a committed player trying out for one of the Canadian teams. Quinnipiac leads all schools with four, while Clarkson, Mercyhurst and Western Michigan have three each.

The 2012 World Junior A Challenge will be held Nov. 5-11 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, N.S. Canada East will play in Group B, joined by Switzerland and the United States, while Canada West, the Czech Republic and Russia will comprise Group A.

Committed Players

Canada East  
Matt Buckles Cornell
Blaine Byron Maine
Shane Conacher Canisius
Troy Crema Dartmouth
Philippe Drouin Mercyhurst
Chad Duchesne Northeastern
Kyle Dutra Mercyhurst
Tyler Enns Mercyhurst
Jake Evans Notre Dame
Troy Josephs Clarkson
Corey Kalk Dartmouth
Daniel Leavens Robert Morris
Patrick McCarron Cornell
Michael Neville Michigan Tech
Brent Norris Providence
Michael Pontarelli Union
Jonah Renouf Quinnipiac
Nathan Renouf Quinnipiac
Mike Soucier Bemidji State
Daniel Tedesco St. Cloud State
Christian Weidauer Niagara
Canada West  
Dexter Dancs Michigan
James de Haas Clarkson
Nolan De Jong Michigan
Marshall Donald Northern Michigan
Hudson Friesen Alaska Anchorage
Kevin Guiltinan Harvard
Aaron Hadley Western Michigan
Robert Hamilton Vermont
Chad Katunar Notre Dame
Alex Kerfoot Harvard
Wade Murphy North dakota
Anthony Paskaruk Clarkson
Austin Plevy Merrimack
Zach Pryzbek Brown
Michael Rebry Western Michigan
Evan Richardson Boston College
Tyler Steel Brown
Michael Stenerson Alaska Anchorage
Paul Stoykewych Western Michigan
Adam Tambellini North Dakota
Andrew Taverner Quinnipiac
Evan Tironese Rensselaer
Devon Toews Quinnipiac
Matt Tomkins Ohio State


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