With the Canadian national ice sledge hockey team selection camp having wrapped up this week, nineteen players have found themselves recipients of invitation to the national team camp scheduled for January 10 – 17 in Calgary, Alberta.
Two goalies got invites, Quebec native Dominic Larocque and Ontario based Corbin Watson. Larocque is a returning member of the Sochi team, while Watson is new to the team. Six defenders got the call including Steve Arsenault, Kieran Block, Adam Dixon, James Gemmell, Kevin Sorley and Derek Whitson. Arsenault, Dixon, Gemmell and Whitson are Sochi veterans, while Block and Sorley are new callups. Eleven forwards got the call up including Brad Bowden, Billy Bridges, Chris Cederstrand, Ben Delaney, Marc Dorion, Anthony Gale, Karl Ludwig, Tyler McGregor, Kevin Rempel, Bryan Sholomicki and Greg Westlake. Most of the Sochi Paralympic forward group is back: Bowden, Bridges, Delaney, Dorion, Gale, Ludwig, McGregor, Rempel and Westlake. Only forwards Cederstrand and Sholomicki are new participants.
Over half the team comes from Ontario. There are three hockey players from Alberta. Quebec, British Columbia, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island are represented by one skater each. The team is relatively old, with the average player being 28 years old.