If you’re looking for a top quality hockey fix this summer, try the World Junior Summer Showcase taking place at the end of July in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Serving as a precursor to the World Junior Championships that have become a hockey tradition every late December, the Summer Showcase will feature many of the same players you’ll see after Christmas in Victoria and Vancouver.
The United States, Canada, Finland, and Sweden will send teams; in the case of the North American countries, they’ll each ice two squads. That speaks volumes of the huge strides U.S. hockey has made in the past couple of decades.
If you can’t make it out to Beautiful British Columbia to take in the tournament, Sirius XM NHL Network Radio will broadcast all the games.
Make no mistake about it, this isn’t some lazy mid-summer tournament. Roster spots for the respective junior national teams may very well be decided by these matches. Word is a player can’t play himself out of consideration if he has a bad tournament, but it may go a long way towards catching the eye of the coaching staff if the player excels.
Last year, this tournament was held in Plymouth, Michigan, and featured 144 players. That included 65 first or second round NHL draft picks. This year’s tournament will be similar in scope.
The Americans will send 42 of their top players to Kamloops. Yes, Jack Hughes will be involved. The (so far) consensus projected Number One pick in the upcoming 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Orlando, Florida native played his minor hockey in the Toronto area. While Hughes is a known commodity, this tournament is a great chance for hockey fans to come up to speed on lesser known players, who’ll one day be wearing your favourite NHL team’s uniform.
Sirius XM NHL Network Radio will provide play-by-play coverage of the following games:
Thursday, August 2nd 4:00 pm Eastern USA vs. Sweden
Thursday, August 2nd 9:00 pm Eastern Canada vs. Finland
Friday, August 3rd 4:00 pm Eastern USA vs. Finland
Friday, August 3rd 9:00 pm Eastern Canada vs. Sweden
Saturday, August 4th 5:00 pm Eastern Canada vs. USA
Jon Abbott and Dave Tomlinson will have the call.