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Aug. 3, 2018

DARTMOUTH — Ten Nova Scotians are vying for roster spots on national teams this summer.

A trio of teammates from the province's 2015 Canada Winter Games boys’ team are competing for the chance to represent Canada at the World Juniors in December. Jared McIsaac, Shane Bowers and Matthew Welsh are in Kamloops, B.C. this week at Hockey Canada's Sport Chek World Junior Showcase. The eight-day mini tournament features Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. 

Herring Cove’s Bowers was a 2017 first round pick of the Ottawa Senators. The 6'0", 178 lb. forward, who was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in a trade last year, just wrapped up his first season at Boston University.

McIsaac, a Truro native and a defenceman with the Halifax Mooseheads, was picked 36th overall by the Detroit Red Wings at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. McIsaac, a former member of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League's Cole Harbour WolfPack, tallied nine goals and added 38 assists in 65 games to lead the Mooseheads defence in scoring last season.

Welsh, a 5’11”, 177 lb. netminder from Halifax, backstopped the Charlottetown Islanders to one of their best seasons in franchise history. Welsh posted an 11-7 record in the playoffs, a 2.63 GAA, and 0.918 SV%.

(PHOTO: Justin Barron, Maddie Beck, Shane Bowers, Maggy Burbidge, Alex Drover, Autumn MacDougall, Jared McIsaac, Allie Munroe, Ben Roode, Matt Welsh)

Canada’s national women’s team programs will officially kick off the 2018-19 season this week with the start of Canada’s National Women’s Development Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team selection camps being hosted in Calgary from Aug. 4-12 and Nova Scotia will be represented at both camps.

Lunenburg goaltender Maddie Beck and Falmouth forward Maggy Burbidge will each be competing for spots on the national U18 team while Cole Harbour’s Autumn MacDougall and Yarmouth’s Allie Munroe will be attending the development team camp.

Munroe, a defenceman at Syracuse University, and MacDougall, a forward at the University of Alberta, were teammates on Team Nova Scotia at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C.

Last month, Alex Drover and Ben Roode were among the 111 players invited from across the country to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp that took place from July 21-27 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Drover, a five-foot-nine, 165-pound centre with the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League’s Halifax McDonald’s, was selected 10th overall by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at June’s QMJHL Entry Draft. Drover posted 57 points (27 goals, 30 assists) in 36 regular season games and finished second in league scoring. 

Roode, a six-foot-four, 196-pound defenceman with the NSMMHL champion Steele Subaru Major Midgets, was drafted 14th overall by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He scored five times and added 12 assists in 36 regular season games this year.

The 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge is scheduled for Nov. 3-10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.

Earlier this week, Hockey Canada announced that Halifax’s Justin Barron, a defenceman with the Halifax Mooseheads, was one of 22 of the nation’s best under-18 players to have earned an opportunity to represent Canada on home ice at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Edmonton and Red Deer from Aug. 6-11.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to wish all of these players the best of luck this summer.

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