Bowey to play for Canada in Czech Republic and Slovakia
Kelowna Rockets defenceman Madison Bowey will pull on the red-and-white, maple leaf-clad jersey next week at the Ivan Hlinka (world under 18) Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Bowey, 17, was one of 22 players named this week to Canada's national under-18 men's team.
The roster was finalized Monday following Hockey Canada’s four-day selection camp in Toronto.
Kelowna assistant coach Dan Lambert said the world under-18 championship will be an invaluable experience for Bowey.
"Whenever you get a chance to wear the Canadian jersey, it's a really special time," said Lambert. "Hopefully it will be a step towards many great things for Madison with Hockey Canada, the world juniors and everything else that might come after this. It's big for him for personal reasons, he'll get a chance to gauge himself against the best players in the world his age."
In his rookie season in the Western Hockey League, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound Winnipeg native scored eight goals and added 13 assists in 57 games with the Rockets.
Lambert wouldn't be at all surprised to see Bowey's skills play a key role for Canada.
"There's no doubt, the way he moves on the ice, the great skater he is, that should be a big asset for the Canadian team. It's an asset at international tournaments like this to have a defenceman who can skate and move the puck the way he does. He should fit right into that role for Canada."
It will be Bowey's second time wearing a Canadian jersey in international competition.
He played for Team West last season at the Under 17 Challenge in Windsor, Ont., where he scored a goal in five games played.
Canada will face Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game in Piestany on Saturday, Aug. 11, before opening the tournament against Switzerland on Monday, Aug. 13.
Canada has won the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament four consecutive years, and has won 17 of 21 summer under-18 tournaments since 1991. The Canadians will play in Group B in Piestany with Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland.