Hockey Canada invites IceDogs to Summer Show in Alberta

Pano Fimis, center of Niagara IceDogs, is among 13 Ontario Hockey League players participating in the Canadian Under-18 Summer Team Development Camp for men this month in Alberta.

The Canadian hockey game invited the 5-foot-11, 157-pound right-footed shooter, along with seven other forwards, four defenders and a goalkeeper, to participate in the 11-day camp.

IceDogs made Richmond Hill, Ont., Indigenous the highest pick in franchise history when they picked it second overall in the 2020 OHL Draft. Center Phil Tomasino was the top pick before that, placing fifth in the 2017 draft

Wemis scored 41 goals, 63 assists for 104 points in 59 games as the third-placed Under-16s for the Toronto Junior Canadiens during the 2019-20 Greater Toronto Hockey League season.

He has yet to take the ice in Niagara, although COVID-19 has wiped out the 2020-21 OHL schedule.

Taking place from July 25 to August 4 at Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on Tsuut’ina Nation near Calgary, the development camp will see 45 players split into two teams for in-group training and games, including some with the Canadian national junior team.

Hockey Canada will focus on developing skills in the show by giving players opportunities to learn from elite level training.

“We have the opportunity to connect with the players through on and off ice sessions to give them tools that will only enhance their skill set as they progress through our program and prepare for the upcoming season,” Players Team Manager Alan Millar said.

OHL Boot Camps open Saturday, September 4, with IceDogs scheduled to begin a regular 68-game regular season on Thursday, October 7 at Barrie Colts. They play Generals Oshawa two nights later at the opening of their home at Meridian Center in St. Catharines.

In years past, Hockey Canada’s summer development camp served as a springboard for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, but this year Canada will not participate due to the pandemic.

The focus has shifted to preparing for the 2022 International Under-18 Ice Hockey Championship from April 24 to May 1 in Germany.

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