Photo Credits: Matthew Murnaghan / Hockey Canada Images
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY, APRIL 1ST, 2021
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Hockey Canada has announced its National Men’s Under-18 Team roster & coaching staff today for the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship which will take place in Frisco, Texas from April 26th to May 6th, 2021
Islanders Gordie Dwyer,(Stratford, PE), Kevin Elliott (Charlottetown, PE), and Dr. Ben Cameron (Summerside, PE) have been selected by Hockey Canada at the world championship later this month.
Gordie Dwyer has been named as an Assistant Coach for this year’s National U18 squad. This will be Dwyer’s second time behind the bench for the team, previously serving as an Assistant Coach for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, in Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic. Additionally, Dwyer served as an assistant coach at the Spengler Cup for Team Canada in the 2016/17 and 2019/29 seasons. Most recently, Dwyer was both the Head Coach for the 2019/20 Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) and Canada’s Youth Olympic Team which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland. With the uncertainty of COVID-19, Dywer chose to stay close to home for the 2020/21 season coaching one of his sons, Jack at the U18 AAA Male level on Prince Edward Island (Pownal Red Devils).
Well-respected Athletic Therapist and Trainer, Kevin Elliott who is currently with the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL will also join the Men’s Under-18 staff as the team’s A.T. Elliott is no stranger to Hockey Canada’s National teams, having the chance to work with a long list of Canada’s top players at various IIHF competitions. Elliott’s first assignment with Hockey Canada came in 2007 when he was offered the opportunity to work with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. Since then, he has been racking up opportunities to work with Canada’s World Juniors as well as the IIHF World Championship, IIHF U18 World Championship and Spengler Cup.
Dr. Ben Cameron, a native of Summerside PEI, was also named to the roster as the Team Physician. The current Calgary resident and Family/Sports Medicine Doctor earned his CASEM Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2018/19 after receiving both his BSc from UPEI in 2012, and his medical school/family medicine residency from Dalhousie in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Dr. Cameron has provided sideline medical coverage for multiple National and International Sporting events including, USport rugby, hockey, football, and wrestling; Track & Field Championships Canadian Rugby Championships; professional boxing; QMJHL, NHL and CFL games. Most recently, Dr. Cameron did work as Team Physician for both Canada’s National U17 program and its National Para Hockey Program and has provided physician support for Lethbridge’s WHL team and The Stockton Heat of the AHL.
Hockey PEI is proud to have these three professionals representing our Province at such a prestigious event and wishes them the best of luck in Texas! Go Canada Go!
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