Schneider named to Hlinka Gretzky Cup selection camp

Herald File Photo Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman and Prince Albert native Braden Schneider, left, chased after Prince Albert Raiders forward Curtis Miske during a game at the Art Hauser Centre last season.

Prince Albert native Braden Schneider will soon be back on the ice for a chance to represent his country.

Earlier this week, the Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman was one of 44 players named to take part in Canada’s Under-18 Men’s Team summer selection camp in Calgary from July 28 to Aug. 1.

That camp will determine which players will make up Canada’s roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup, which will be held in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. from Aug. 6-11.

Schneider, 16, had 22 points in 66 regular season games for the Wheat Kings and had six assists in 11 playoff games during his rookie campaign in the Western Hockey League.

He also suited up for Canada White at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge last season and had two points in six games.

Previously known as the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, this year’s event marks the first time that it has been held outside the Czech Republic since 1996, when it was held in Castlegar and Nelson, B.C.

Canada has won the tournament 21 times and are the defending champions.