The Canadian roster is set for the upcoming Winter Youth Olympic Games, February 12 – 21, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. Among those selected was Luka Burzan of the Valley West Hawks.
This season, Burzan has netted 13 goals and 28 assists in 23 games for the Hawks. Prior to joining Valley West, he laced up for the North Shore Bantam A1-Tier 1 team, scoring 131 points during the 2014-2015 season and helped the team capture the Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championships. Burzan was part of Team BC that competed at the 2015 Western Canada Challenge Cup in Calgary, Alberta. He was drafted sixth overall by the Moose Jaw Warriors at the 2015 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft.
Canada’s 17 player roster
includes two (2) goaltenders, six (6) defencemen and nine (9) forwards, and was selected in accordance with the Youth Olympic Games’ process.
The players, born in 2000, were chosen by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada’s Director of Player Personnel, with support from regional scouts.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the group of players chosen to represent Canada to compete at the highest level in international competition,” said Scott Salmond, Vice President of Hockey Operations and National Teams. “This event is a unique experience unlike any other, and will be something that our athletes learn from and remember for a lifetime.”
Players were selected based on their permanent home residence, and players playing outside of Canada were not considered in the evaluation process. All regions (East, Ontario and West) were ensured five (5) players on the final Canadian roster, with the two (2) remaining spots awarded to the next best players.
The hockey tournament features five (5) countries – Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia and the United States – who will play in a round robin format before semifinals and the gold medal game. After capturing the bronze medal in 2012, Canada opens the tournament on February 13, 2016 against Russia. A complete tournament schedule can be found here
The 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games will also feature the Men’s Skills Challenge, where players will be able to showcase their shooting accuracy, puck control and skating agility.