Highmore still on road to recovery as U-17 camp roster is set
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Matthew Highmore will have to play his way onto Team Atlantic’s world under-17 challenge roster when he’s healthy in the fall.
The 16-year-old forward from Dartmouth, still recovering from late-May surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder, was left off the roster for Team Atlantic’s 43-player, five-day selection camp starting Sunday in Antigonish.
Highmore, who was chosen seventh overall in last month’s QMJHL draft by the Saint John Sea Dogs, is unlikely to be ready for a full dose of upper-body training until mid-August.
“It’s just a matter of recovery,” said Matthew’s father, Dave Highmore. “No question (he’ll be back) early in the regular season. We just don’t know if it’s going to be the start of the season or two weeks later.”
There are 12 Nova Scotians attending Team Atlantic’s selection camp, including highly-touted Halifax goaltender Mason McDonald and Dartmouth defencemen Ryan MacEachen and Nicholas Quillan.
Not participating because of a medical issue is Halifax Mooseheads defence prospect Nicholas Gibson of Boutiliers Point.
Despite being injured, Highmore is a good bet for a spot with Team Atlantic. He was the top Nova Scotian picked in the QMJHL draft after putting up 26 points in 25 games for the major midget Dartmouth IceDawgs last season.
“He’s got to take care of his health and at the end of the day we’ll evaluate him (during the season),” said Team Atlantic head coach Dave Ritcey. “Moving forward these kids (Highmore and Gibson) aren’t out for sure. They’re on our radar.”
In addition to a dozen Nova Scotians at camp, there will be 13 vying for spots from Newfoundland and Labrador; 10 from P.E.I.; and eight from New Brunswick.
The 22-player roster will be named in November, with the tournament being held in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Que., from Dec. 28 to Jan. 4.
“We have a highly skilled group, we have size, we have physical players, we have a little bit of everything,” Ritcey said. “Hopefully, when they come to camp, they’re ready to go.”
U-17 CAMP ROSTER
Antoine Landry — Caraquet, N.B.
Daryl MacCallum — Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Mason MacDonald — Halifax, N.S.
Brandon Short — St. John’s, N.L.
Alex Anthony — Shubenacadie, N.S.
Olivier Arseneau — Tracadie-Sheila, N.B.
Cody Donaghey — St. John’s, N.L.
Lee Dower — Conception Bay South, N.L.
Seth Fillmore — New Maryland, N.B.
Joshua Fitzgerald — Gander, N.L.
Ryan MacEachen — Dartmouth, N.S.
Tanner McCabe — Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Duncan MacIntyre — Sydney, N.S.
Alexander McQuiad — Meadowbank, P.E.I.
Alex Mann — Lunenburg, N.S.
Brendan Nickerson — Cape Sable Island, N.S.
Andrew Picco — Marystown, N.L.
Nicholas Quillan — Dartmouth, N.S.
Michael White — Sherwood, P.E.I.
Lucas Batt — Gander, N.L.
Clark Bishop — St. John’s, N.L.
Nicholas Blanchard — Kentville, N.S.
Tyler Boland — St. John’s, N.L.
Tyler Burns — Moncton, N.B.
Ryan Chiasson — Dieppe, N.B.
Jean-Marc Evans-Renaud — St. Peter’s Bay, P.E.I.
Alex Gallant — Stratford, P.E.I.
Campbell Gallant — Kensington, P.E.I.
Matthew Gray — Rothesay, N.B.
Liam Hynes — Ferryland, N.L.
Kameron Kielly — Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Denver Lynds — Debert, N.S.
Colin MacSween — Rothesay, N.B.
Luke McCaw — St. John’s, N.L.
Morgan Messenger — Centreville, N.S.
Zach Moody — Margaretsville, N.S.
Josh Pugsley — Amherst, N.S.
Brad Power — St. John’s, N.L.
Brock Richard — Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Logan Saunders — Quispamsis, N.B.
Kyle Tibbo — Conception Bay, N.L.
Jarred Toole — Benshaw, P.E.I.
Nathan Yetman — Mount Pearl, N.L.
Dave Ritcey, Head Coach — Truro, N.S.
Terry Rhindress, Assistant Coach — Riverview, N.B.
Scott Gordon, Assistant Coach — St. John’s, N.L.
Joe Johnston, Goaltending Coach — Lower Sackville, N.S.
Jessica Sears, Therapist — Dieppe, N.B.
Nathan Belliveau, Equipment Manager — Saint John, N.B.
Brad Taylor, Director of Operations — Lower Sackville, N.S.