Calgary, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Monday that Regina Pats forward Tanner Howe and top prospect forward Matthew Wood have been named as part of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, July 31-Aug. 6 at the Peavey Mart Centrium in Red Deer, Alta.
Both Howe and Wood are just two of the 23 players selected that represented Canada at the 2022 IIHF U18 World Championship in Germany this past spring.
Howe, 16, scored a goal in two exhibition contests for Team Canada Red, with his loan goal being assisted by Wood on Friday. The Prince Albert, Sask. product represented Canada at the IIHF U18 World Championship following the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, where he appeared in four contests. Last season, the 5-foot-8, 176 lb. winger led all Pats rookies in goals (27), assists (42), points (69), power play goals (11), power play assists (16) and short-handed goals (2), and finished fourth in WHL rookie scoring and tied for third in assists.
Wood, 17, tallied four points (2G-2A) in two contests for Team Red, which was tied for first at Canada’s selection camp in scoring. The Pats 2020 second-round selection who is listed at 6-foot-3, 185 lb. and hails from Nanaimo, B.C. also scored two goals for Canada at the IIHF U18 World Championship in the spring, and was even paired on a line with Connor Bedard and Howe for parts of the tournament.
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team finalized its roster following a five-day selection camp in Calgary that saw 42 players participate in on- and off-ice sessions, including two intrasquad games.
Canada will face off against Finland in pre-tournament action on Friday, July 29 before opening the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup against Switzerland on Sunday, July 31 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast all Team Canada tournament games; please check local listings for details.
Canada has won 22 gold medals in 30 years of summer under-18 competition, along with three silver medals and one bronze.
For the full 23 player roster, CLICK HERE.