Martin gets in­vite from Hockey Canada

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Brycen Martin’s as­cent through Hockey Canada’s Pro­gram Ex­cel­lence con­tin­ues with an in­vite to at­tend Canada’s National Men’s Sum­mer Un­der-18 Team se­lec­tion camp later this sum­mer.

Martin is one of 14 de­fense­men on the 42-player ros­ter, which also in­cludes four goal­tenders and 24 for­wards, who were all born in 1996.

22 play­ers will be se­lected from the camp for Canada’s National Men’s Sum­mer Un­der-18 Team, which will at­tempt to win the Me­mo­rial of Ivan Hlinka Tour­na­ment for a fifth straight year.

The 6’1’’, 181-pound Calgary prod­uct is com­ing off an out­stand­ing rookie sea­son with the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos in the Western Hockey League. He reg­is­tered two goals, 17 as­sists and a plus-three rat­ing in 67 games on the Bron­cos’ blue­line af­ter dress­ing for three games in 2011-12 as a 15year-old. He also ap­peared in five play­off games this sea­son as the Bron­cos were elim­i­nated by his home­town Calgary Hit­men.

“He had a very good year as a 16-year-old,” said Bron­cos Gen­eral Man­ager and Head Coach, Mark Lamb. “He came a long way. He turned into a top-four guy for us, which is pretty in­cred­i­ble for a 16-year-old.”

Martin was the sec­ond over­all pick in the 2011 WHL Ban­tam Draft, lead­ing to some lofty ex­pec­ta­tions head­ing into his rookie sea­son.

“Oh absolutely. He more than lived up to them,” said Lamb. “We wanted to be pa­tient with him just like we were with [Dil­lon] Heather­ing­ton and get him the right ice time. I think he prob­a­bly played more than even we ex­pected.”

The camp ros­ter in­cludes a to­tal of 15 play­ers from the Western Hockey League, 15 from the On­tario Hockey League, and nine from the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League.

Martin is one of the 39 play­ers that com­peted in the 2012 World Un­der-17 Hockey Chal­lenge. He helped Team Pa­cific to a sev­enth place fin­ish at the Un­der-17 Chal­lenge with one reg­u­la­tion win, three over­time wins, and one loss. Martin had an eye-open­ing of­fen­sive per­for­mance as he led all de­fense­men with nine points in five games to tie for sixth in tour­na­ment scor­ing over­all with two goals and seven as­sists. He opened the tour­na­ment with a four-as­sist out­ing, in­clud­ing set­ting up the win­ner, in an 8-7 over­time win over Rus­sia.

“The guys that are run­ning Hockey Canada, he has been in that pro­gram be­fore too, so they know a lot about him,” said Lamb.

Canada’s National Men’s Sum­mer Un­der-18 Team se­lec­tion camp will be held July 25-29 at the MasterCard Cen­tre in Toronto. The team will be coached by Lon­don Knights Head Coach Dale Hunter, along with as­sis­tants Do­minique Ducharme (Hal­i­fax, QMJHL) and D.J. Smith (Oshawa, OHL).

“It is not a slam dunk that he is go­ing to make that team. But it is good ex­pe­ri­ence for him to go there and try­out for it. Hope­fully he can make it,” added Lamb.

The 2013 Me­mo­rial of Ivan Hlinka tour­na­ment will be con­tested Au­gust 5-10 in Pi­es­tany, Slo­vakia and Bre­clav, Czech Repub­lic.

The 15 WHL play­ers are as fol­lows:

G Pay­ton Lee, Cran­brook, B.C., Van­cou­ver Gi­ants

D Haydn Fleury, Car­lyle, SK, Red Deer Rebels

D Joe Hick­etts, Kam­loops, B.C., Vic­to­ria Royals

D Brycen Martin, Calgary, AB, Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos

D Dysin Mayo, Vic­to­ria, B.C., Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings

D Nel­son No­gier, Saska­toon, SK, Saska­toon Blades

D Ryan Pilon, Duck Lake, SK, Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes

D Jor­dan Thom­son, Wawanesa, MB, Kam­loops Blaz­ers

F Con­ner Bleack­ley, High River AB, Red Deer Rebels

F Rourke Chartier, Saska­toon, SK, Kelowna Rock­ets

F Jace Hawry­luk, Roblin, MB, Bran­don Wheat Kings

F Bray­den Point, Calgary, AB, Moose Jaw War­riors

F Reid Duke, Calgary, AB, Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes

F Collin Shirley, Saska­toon, SK, Koote­nay Ice

F Jake Vir­ta­nen, Ab­bots­ford, B.C, Calgary Hit­men.

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