No city should be cheering on Canada's national junior team louder than Calgary, as more than one-quarter of the players invited to camp yesterday have strong local connections.
No less than nine players are inextricably linked to Calgary, including two of the four Western Hockey League goalies vying to make the club -- former midget Flames goalie Devan Dubnyk and Midnapore grad Jeff Glass of Cochrane.
Other products of the Calgary Minor Hockey Association include defenceman Mike Green and forward Ryan Stone, who both played for the midget Northstars, which father Jim Stone runs as president.
"I think it shows the system in place the last decade is starting to show results," said CMHA president Ken Moore, who also points out how fortunate the city is to have Hockey Canada and all its resources based here.
"It's a tribute to all the volunteers that put on the program."
Hitmen leaders Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Ladd will also be among the 32 hopefuls vying for 22 roster spots when the team faces Slovakia in North Dakota Christmas Day.
Flames draft picks Dion Phaneuf and Dustin Boyd will also be watched closely by team brass and fans of the NHL club.
Jeremy Colliton of Blackie, Alta., was also invited. All told, Hockey Alberta can take credit for developing a team-leading nine invitees, three more than any of the other seven Hockey Canada branches.
Two Calgarians who play for the Hitmen attended the national team's summer development camp -- Andy Rogers and Jeff Schultz -- but were not included in the final 32.