Martin gets invite from Hockey Canada
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.