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Thrashers Re-Sign Boris Valabik

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Boris Valabik to a multiple-year contract.

Valabik, 23, recorded five assists and 132 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Thrashers last season. He recorded his first career NHL point assist on Dec. 10 vs. the New York Rangers and registered a season-high three-game point streak from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23, posting three assists in that span.

The 6-7, 240-pound defenseman has appeared in 57 career NHL games with Atlanta, earning five assists and 174 penalty minutes. Valabik has also played in 119 career games for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League where he has registered 20 points four goals, 16 assists and 434 penalty minutes. During the 2008 post-season, he tallied four points three goals, one assist and helped the Wolves capture the Calder Cup Championship.

Prior to his professional career, Valabik accumulated 30 points four goals, 26 assists and 725 penalty minutes in 163 career games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The Nitra, Slovakia, native has represented his country in international competition four times, including the 2009 World Championships as well as the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championships and the 2004 World Under-18 Championships.

Valabik was selected by the Thrashers in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

 

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, has announced the final roster for Canada’s National Junior Team development camp in Saskatoon, Sask., from August 5-10. Forty-five players will attend the camp, including the four CHL goaltenders named on Monday and the 41 defencemen and forwards announced on May 29.  

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The four CHL goaltenders named on Monday are:

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Jake Allen, Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)
Olivier Bellavance-Roy, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
Matt Hackett, Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Martin Jones, Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

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CLICK HERE FOR THE NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM DEVELOPMENT CAMP ROSTER

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The camp roster now includes four goaltenders, 17 defencemen and 24 forwards. 

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All four goaltenders were in attendance at Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence goaltending camp from June 11-14 in Calgary, Alta., along with ten other goaltenders under consideration for the National Junior Team or the National Under-18 Team.

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The players, born in 1990 or 1991, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray, in consultation with head coach Willie Desjardins (Medicine Hat, WHL), associate coach Dave Cameron (Mississauga St. Michael’s, OHL) and assistant coaches Steve Spott (Kitchener, OHL) and André Tourigny (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL), along with goaltending consultant Frédéric Chabot.

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CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM DEVELOPMENT CAMP SKATERS BY THE NUMBERS

League breakdown
                19 – OHL
                12 – WHL
                10 – QMJHL
                4 – Other

Program of Excellence breakdown
– Nine (9) players (Cormier, Della Rovere, Eberle, Ellis, Hodgson, Kane, Myers, Pietrangelo, Teubert) who captured a gold medal with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ont.
– Three (3) players (de Haan, Kassian, O’Reilly) who played for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2009 IIHF World  Under-18 Championship in Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn., finishing fourth
– Sixteen (16) players (Allen, Brittain, Cuma, Duchene, Eberle, Ellis, Hall, Hamonic, Hodgson, McMillan, Myers, Nemisz, Robak, Scandella, Schenn, Teubert) who won a gold medal with Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2008 IIHF World  Under-18 Championship in Kazan, Russia
– Nine (9) players (Cowen, Duchene, Ellis, Glennie, Hall, Kane, Kassian, O’Reilly, Schenn) who won the 2008 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in Slovakia with Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team
– Ten (10) players (Caron, Cornet, Cuma, Eberle, Hodgson, Kadri, Lalonde, Pietrangelo, Tessier, Teubert) who played for Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2007 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, finishing fourth
– 32 players who have participated in the regional under-17 program

o 13 players who participated in the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in London, Ont.
 Team Ontario – gold medalists (Duchene, Ellis, Hall, Kassian, O’Reilly)
 Team West – bronze medalists (Cowen, Glennie, Schenn)
 Team Pacific –  (Kane, Olsen)
 Team Quebec – (Bellavance-Roy, Leblanc, Roussel)

o 21 players who participated in the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon
 Team Ontario – gold medalists (Cuma, Della Rovere, Henrique, Hodgson, Kadri, Pietrangelo)
 Team Manitoba – silver medalists (Hamonic, Robak)
 Team Alberta – bronze medalists (Colborne, Eberle, Myers)
 Team British Columbia – (Jones, McMillan, Teubert)
 Team New Brunswick – (Allen, Cormier, Tessier)
 Team Newfoundland and Labrador – (Adam)
 Team Quebec – (Leblanc)
 Team Saskatchewan – (Cowen, Schenn)

o Two players who participated in the 2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Regina, Sask.
 Team Quebec – gold medalists (Cornet)
 Team Atlantic – (Cormier)

o Four players who have taken part in the regional under-17 program more than once
 Schenn (2007 CWG, 2008 WU17)
 Cowen (2007 CWG, 2008 WU17)
 Cormier (2006 WU17, 2007 CWG)
 Leblanc (2007 CWG, 2008 WU17)

– Seven (7) players who have not played for a national team or a regional under-17 team (Bourque, Brodie, Clark, Gaunce, Hackett, Kozun, Wiercioch)

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Hockey Canada branch breakdown
16 – Ontario Hockey Federation
7 – Hockey Quebec
5 – BC Hockey
4 – Hockey Alberta
3 – Hockey Manitoba, Hockey New Brunswick, Ottawa District Hockey Association, Saskatchewan Hockey Association
1 – Hockey Newfoundland & Labrador

Professional status breakdown
– Twenty-four (24) players selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft
o Eight (8) first-round picks
o Sixteen (16) other draft picks 
– One (1) player who went undrafted but signed as free agent (Jones)
– Eighteen (18) players eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
– Two (2) players eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft

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Canada’s National Junior Team development camp will run from August 5-10 in Saskatoon, Sask. at Credit Union Centre. Details, including a camp schedule and red and white rosters, will be announced at a later date.

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For more information on Canada’s national men’s teams and Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, visit www.hockeycanada.ca.

Photo of Olivier Roy by Aaron Bell/CHL

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