By Scott Taylor
Cody Glass and Brett Davis might play on different Western Hockey League teams, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t best pals. It also doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to play together on a team this isn’t in the WHL in August.
Glass,17, from Winnipeg, is a rising star with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. Davis, 17, from Oakbank, is a rising star with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Both young players are among four Manitobans who were invited to the final 44-man training camp truing out for the final 22 spots on Canada’s U-18 team. That team will be heading to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament beginning Monday, Aug. 8, in Czech Republic.
After finishing fourth at April’s World U-18 championship in Grand Forks, N.D., this will be a rebuilding camp of sorts for Team Canada. Along with Glass and Davis, Winnipeg’s Stelio Mattheos of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Roblin’s Josh Brook of the Moose Jaw Warriors have also been invited to the tryout camp which begins this Friday in Calgary.
Both Glass and Davis were undersized forwards when they were drafted by their current WHL teams. Glass was 5-foot-7, 130 pounds while Davis was 5-foot-7, 140. Both athletes work out with Scott Miller at NRG inside the Seven Oaks Sportsplex, and both have gone through growth spurts and added muscle. Today Glass is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds while Davis is 6-foot, 181.
Last year, Glass had 10 goals and 27 points in 65 games with the Winterhawks while Davis had five goals and nine points in 53 games with the Hurricanes. Davis also won a gold medal with Team Canada White at the World U-17 championship.
“We head out to Calgary on Friday morning and after a week of camp, we’ll be told who made the team on Aug. 3,” said Davis. “There is a red team and a while team at camp and Glass and I have been told we’re both on the same team. It’s exciting and it should be fun.”
Mattheos, meanwhile, had a terrific season for the Western Hockey League champion Brandon Wheat Kings. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound centre, who had 53 goals and 103 points in 32 games with the Monarchs bantams in 2013-14, had 13 goals and 30 points in 50 games. He had four goals and seven points in 21 WHL playoff games and one goal in three Memorial Cup games. He also played in the U-17 World Championship with Team Canada Black.
Brook is a 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman from Roblin who played bantam and midget with the Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Sask. He had four goals and 10 points in 30 games with the Warriors this past season and also played in the World U-17 Championships with Team Canada Red.
The U-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament is an annual summer event that features teams from Canada, the United States, Russia, Czech, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland. Canada will open the tournament on Aug. 8 against Slovakia.