‘Sus­pense­ful and ex­cit­ing’

Dob­son earns ros­ter spot on Team Canada’s un­der-18 team for 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memo­rial Cup

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON SIM­MONDS

Noah Dob­son will wear Team Canada’s colours at a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional hockey tour­na­ment.

The 17-year-old son of An­drew and Jenny Dob­son of Summerside is one of seven de­fence­men named to Team Canada’s 22-player ros­ter for the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memo­rial Cup in the Czech Repub­lic and Slo­vakia from Aug. 7 to 12.

“He was pretty ex­cited,” said An­drew on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. “There were a lot of ups and downs to the camp just not know­ing.

“Fi­nally get­ting the news that he had made the team, he was pretty ex­cited. . . It was sus­pense­ful and ex­cit­ing.”

Hockey Canada an­nounced the ros­ter on Tues­day night, and Noah could not be reached for com­ment as the team was trav­el­ling on Wed­nes­day.

“We’ve had a great se­lec­tion camp here in Cal­gary, with all 44 play­ers show­ing us what they’re made of,” said Team Canada head coach Brent Ki­sio in a Hockey Canada me­dia re­lease. “As a best-onbest tour­na­ment, the Ivan Hlinka Memo­rial Cup al­lows us to show­case the very best Cana­dian ta­lent in this age group.

“We are ready to make Cana­di­ans proud with how we rep­re­sent them on and off the ice.”

Noah, listed as six-foottwo and 178 pounds, will en­ter his sopho­more sea­son in the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League (QMJHL) with the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan, and is el­i­gi­ble for the 2018 Na­tional Hockey League En­try Draft.

The right-handed-shoot­ing Noah, who has a younger sis­ter, Elly, 14, reg­is­tered 26 points – seven goals and 19 as­sists – and 40 penalty min­utes in 63 reg­u­lar-sea­son games dur­ing his rookie cam­paign af­ter be­ing drafted by the Ti­tan in the first round, sixth over­all, of the 2016 QMJHL En­try Draft.

“I was pretty ex­cited (to re­ceive an in­vi­ta­tion to the un­der-18 camp),” Noah told the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer in June. “It is an hon­our to have the chance to fight for a spot on Team Canada.”

Over­all, An­drew said, the camp pro­vided “a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” whether Noah made the team or not.

“Ob­vi­ously, you go in with the mind­set of mak­ing the team, but there are a lot of good hockey play­ers out there,” said An­drew. “(Noah) just had to fo­cus on what he had to do, what he could do on the ice at the camp and not worry about any so-called white noise. . .

“I asked him what the guys were like in the room, and he said they were all qual­ity kids. Hockey Canada runs an ex­cep­tional pro­gram, and you don’t

have to worry about any­thing. You just have to show up do what needs to be done on and off the ice.”

An­drew noted the Dob­son fam­ily is “very hum­bled” for Noah to have this op­por­tu­nity.

“We know it takes a team for him to get there,” con­tin­ued An­drew. “From his mi­nor hockey coaches, to his trainer (Kris MacPhee), to his agency (Maloney and Thomp­son Sports Man­age­ment), Hockey P.E.I., Summerside mi­nor hockey and all those or­ga­ni­za­tions who have played a key role in his de­vel­op­ment, we are most def­i­nitely grate­ful for what they have con­trib­uted.”

“He was pretty ex­cited. There were a lot of ups and downs to the camp just not know­ing. Fi­nally get­ting the news that he had made the team, he was pretty ex­cited. . . It was sus­pense­ful and ex­cit­ing.” Summerside’s An­drew Dob­son

MAU­REEN COUL­TER/THE GUARDIAN

Noah Dob­son of Summerside in action with the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan dur­ing a Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League game in Charlottetown dur­ing the 2016-17 sea­son.

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