Blazers Shepard makes U-18 team for Hlinka tournament

By Earl Seitz
August 1, 2017 - 3:12pm

KAMLOOPS — Blazers forward Jackson Shepard has packed his bags and is heading for Europe --- not to stay, but for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, starting next Monday in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Shepard was one of two Blazers attending Hockey Canada's 44 player Under-18 selection camp in Calgary, and made the cut for the 22-player roster going to Europe.

Defenceman Luke Zazula was the other Blazers player at the Calgary camp, and did not make the final cut.

Canada has won the mid-summer tournament 20 of its 26 years.

Last summer Team Canada had a run of eight straight gold medal wins end, finishing out of the medals for only the third time in tournament history.

The Czech Republic is the defending champion.


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