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Hlinka Gretzky Cup camp is in full swing, competition is stiff

There are 39 skaters vying for a spot on the final roster, that will be announced on June 29.

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Skaters from Team White on the bench during game one of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup camp on June 28.
Kirsten Krull / The Rink Live

AMHERST, N.Y. — At the beginning of the Boys Select 17 camp, there were nearly 150 skaters who were hoping to earn a spot at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup camp, and now there are only 39. This group is comprised of the best players born in 2005 from around the country.

Minnesotans Javon Moore of Minnetonka and Finn Brink of Maple Grove are two players at camp who are hoping to see their names on the final roster.

The week moves quick, and head coach of the Selects 17 team Anthony Noreen discusses what he and his staff are looking for in a player for their roster and how the process works.

The final roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup will be announced on June 29. The tournament will take place July 31 through Aug. 6 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Kirsten Krull covers juniors and prospects for The Rink Live. She is a 2020 St. Cloud State graduate, and has been working in the hockey world for over six years, covering many levels of the game from juniors to the NHL.
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