By Carter Brooks
Photo by Francois Lacasse
Hockey Canada has released its list of 28 players invited to a seven-day selection camp for the National Paralympic Hockey Team. Two invitees hail from Winnipeg, MB.
Jordan Banman and Spencer Lambert of Manitoba's capital were amongst the crew of invitees for the camp running September first through eighth in Calgary, AB. Both Banman and Lambert have been invited to the team in past years.
Banman, 16, is a 5-foot-7, 130-pound forward, while Lambert, 17, is a 5-foot, 180-pound forward, who both play out of the work out with Sledge Hockey Manitoba. The two offensive minded attackers will be in competition with 15 others for two of the 12 forward spots on the 2018-19 National Paralympic Team.
If Banman and/or Lambert are selected for the team following the week-long camp in Calgary, they would represent Canada during the 2018-19 season, participating in local training and regional camps en route to the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup in London, ON. in early December. A mini North American Cup series with the United States will occur in March, before the team heads to Ostrava, Czech Republic for the IPC World Para Hockey Championship in April.
Coaching the group of hopefuls will be Head Coach Ken Babey (NCAA) and assistants Mike Foligno (NHL), Scott Walker (NHL), Dan Lacroix (NHL) and Maxime Gagnon (QJHL). The highly knowledgable and well-practiced staff are eager to get going with the selection camp, as noted by coach Babey.
"The success, experience and skill set of all the coaches is a tremendous asset to our program as we look toward naming the players for the national team this season," he said in a press release Thursday. "The opportunity to have them mentor our players and assist in the evaluation process will only benefit us and give us the best chance to compete and win on the international stage."