JLC eyed for Super Series

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

London is in the running to hold one of the high-profile Canada/Russia junior Super Series games scheduled to be played in late August and early September.

"Hockey Canada approached us about holding a game and there was some discussion," said Brian Ohl, general manager of the John Labatt Centre. "We have to see if it makes financial sense to do it. The date is available. The ball is in (Hockey Canada's) court."

The Canada/Russia Super Series, a one-time eight-game series, would feature the best junior-aged players from Canada and Russia. The games will take place from Aug. 27 to Sept. 9, with the first four games in Russia, and the final four in Canadian cities. Canadian locations and ticket information will be announced by the end of June.

Red Deer coach Brent Sutter, a two-time gold medal winner as head coach of Canada's national junior team, will be the head coach of the Canadian team for the Super Series. His assistants will be Peter DeBoer of the Kitchener Rangers and Benoit Groulx of Gatineau.

Andre Brin says Hockey Canada won't talk about specifics until locations and a firm schedule is set.

"But London is a location that would be considered," he said.

The coaching staff for this team is not the same as the coaching staff of Canada's national junior team.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound's Craig Hartsburg will return as head coach of Canada's National Junior Team for the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, to be held in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic.

However, the Canada/Russia Super Series will take the place of the national junior team's summer evaluation camp. It's likely the best junior players will be invited to play for Canada and the series will be used as a measuring stick for an invitation to the national junior team's tryout camp before the 2008 tournament.


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