Q-leaguers Bishop and Noel attending national U18 camp

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St. John’s natives seeking spots on Canadian team in search second straight title

St. John’s natives and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players Clark Bishop of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Nathan Noel of the Saint John Sea Dogs are among 22 players attending Canada’s national men’s under-18 team training camp at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont.
The camp, which clews up today, serves as part of Canada’s preparations for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 World Championship, which will be held April 17-27 in Lapeenranta and Imatra, Finland.

Canada is the defending champion at the world championship, having won its third gold medal last year in Sochi, Russia.

Bishop, 18, helped Canada’s national men’s summer Under-18 team win the gold medal at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last summer.

Bishop was also part of the winning Team Orr squad which beat Team Cherry 4-3 in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary in January.

Last April, he was invited to the under-18 national team training camp and was also asked to join the team for a pair of exhibition games in Sochi, Russia prior to of IIHF World Championships.

The six-foot centre scored 14 goals with 19 assists for 33 points in 56 games during the regular season with Cape Breton this season. He is NHL Draft-eligible this June, and is currently ranked 48th overall by Central Scouting (the list does not include Europeans or goaltenders).

Noel, a 5-10 centreman, notched 16 goals to go along with 23 assists for 39 points in 63 games in his first season in the QMJHL.

He was named the Sea Dogs’ rookie of the year.

A product of Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school, Noel, like Bishop, has Hockey Canada experience having played for Canada’s Atlantic U-17 squad the past two years in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Noel, 16, had two goals and four assists in five games in this tournament in Sydney, N.S.

Canada will play two pre-tournament games before the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, April 11 against Finland and April 14 against Denmark. Canada opens the tournament April 17 against Sweden.

 

 

Organizations: NHL, BMO CHL, Atlantic U-17 squad the past two years in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.Noel, 16, had two goals and four assists in five games in this tournament in Sydney, N.S.Canada will play two pre-tournament games before the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, April 11 against Finland and April 14 against Denmark. Canada opens the tournament April 17

Geographic location: Canada, Sochi, Czech Republic Slovakia Calgary January.Last April Russia Cape Breton Sweden

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