Kelowna Rockets forward Dillon Dube should be in fine form when the Rockets open up its 2015-16 training camp at the end of August.
Dube, 17, was among 12 WHL players named to Team Canada’s Men’s Summer Under-18 roster that will compete at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup next week.
A native of Cochrane, AB Dube will play in the tournament from Aug. 10 to 15 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, before returning to Kelowna with the Rockets training camp set to open Aug. 24.
Dube was named to the team after an intense five day selection camp that included daily practices and three Red-White intrasquad games during Hockey Canada’s National Teams’ Summer Showcase at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
“It was a tough camp,” said Dube. “We had three games and it was do what you can in the three games. You had to play your best every shift. I think it was the Canadian way: Hard hockey and you have to take the body every time you can.”
Of the 22 players selected to Team Canada, 12 were from the WHL. Dube was the lone Rockets player invited to the camp.
“There was 42 guys that were pretty good in this camp,” he said. “It was lucky we had 12 guys from the WHL make it which is pretty impressive.”
Dube, who will be going into his second season with Kelowna this year had 17 goals in 45 games as a WHL rookie last season with the Rockets and added 11 points in 18 WHL playoff games before having an excellent Memorial Cup tournament.
The 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup will take place between August 10-15 in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia. Team Canada has won the event the last seven consecutive years and 19 of 24 times since 1991.