Written by Peter Rukavina, Sports Information Assistant
Photo by Marc Lafleur/Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON — Alongside four fellow OUA coaches, Marty Johnston, head coach of the Ravens men’s hockey team, will help select a 22-player roster during the upcoming FISU World University Games Training Camp in Caledon, ON. Five Ravens – Corey Durocher, Michael McNamee, Ryan Van Stralen, David Weckworth, and Brett Welychka – have been selected to join the OUA’s 40-player invitation roster.
Starting December 27, the selection of FISU hopefuls will participate in a four-day training camp overseen by head coach Brett Gibson (Queen’s) and assistant coaches Johnston, Craig Duncanson (Laurentian), and Brian Bourque (Waterloo).
The resulting team will represent OUA, U Sports and Canada at the World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan from January 25-February 10.
Second only to UQTR’s six invitees, the Ravens will be well represented in Caledon. The names of Carleton’s five attending players carry as much weight as anyone on the invitation roster and will have a good opportunity to make the biennial team.
“Although we’re evaluating everybody, the good thing about our guys is that I know what they can do,” says Johnston. “It’s always interesting when you get the best players together because that’s when you see who really elevates their game.”
Among the long list of OUA all-stars and award winners, notable invitees include forwards Guillaume Asselin (UQTR) and Mathieu Pompei (McGill), defenceman Spencer Abraham (Queen’s) and Derek Sheppard (York), and goaltenders Kevin Bailie (Queen’s) and Sebastian Auger (UQTR).
RAVENS INVITED TO TRAINING CAMP:
12 GP, 7 G, 7 A, 14 PTS
The fourth-year Ottawa-native is on pace for a career year having already posted 14 points in 12 games. Prior to missing a pair of games with an injury, Durocher was keeping pace with the OUA leading scorers. A recent three-goal performance against the Nippising Lakers has caused him to jump back up the leaderboard and puts him at a seven-way tie that includes camp invitees Guillaume Asselin (UQTR), Andrew Radjenovic (Brock), Cameron Yuill (UOIT), and Alex Basso (Ryerson).
14 GP, 8 G, 17 A, 25 PTS
In his first year as captain, McNamee’s 25 points is currently tied for first in OUA and second in U Sports. After jumping out of the gate with 7 points in three games, McNamee has been located at the top of the leaderboard all season long. The Perth-native has been among the Ravens’ most productive scorers throughout his career and is on pace to top his career high of 39 points from last season when he was named a second-team OUA East All-Star.
Ryan Van Stralen
14 GP, 7 G, 11 A, 18 PTS
Van Stralen, who is in third-year with the Ravens, has made his presence felt around the OUA through his ability to put the puck in the net and to put players on the ice. The Prescott-native recently earned an alternate captaincy with the Ravens for his presence on the ice and in the locker room. Last year a 22-goal scorer, Van Stralen continues to be an instrumental part of the Ravens’ offence as he stands only second to McNamee in team scoring this season.
14 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 PTS
After being award the Ravens’ 2015-16 Defenceman of the Year, Weckworth continues to be a dominant force on the Ravens’ blueline. The third-year Kanata-native has played a pivotal role in the Ravens’ penalty kill success as the team has placed within the nation’s top six teams every year since Weckworth’s arrival in 2014. Along with Van Stralen and Welychka, Weckworth was named an alternate captain for the Ravens at the start of the season.
8 GP, 6 G, 6 A, 12 PTS
The former U Sports Rookie of the Year is once again producing at a point-per-game pace. Last season, Welychka led the country with 32 assists and finished second in scoring with 46 points. Although sidelined for the first six games of the 2016-17 season, the London-native did not miss a step as he totaled six goals in his opening weekend against Ryerson and Toronto. Welychka’s return to play with linemates McNamee and Van Stralen completes one of the most lethal lines in the country as the trio combined for 123 points last season.