They will train at the CREPS (Centre de Ressources d’Expertise et de Performance Sportive in Montpellier), where athletes train similarly to the FTC athletes at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau, Quebec.
“This is great exposure for the guys – first to apply their skills that they’ve been working on at the full-time training centre, and also for the French league pro teams to see what young talent Canada has to offer,” explained men’s coach Vincent Pichette.
Once in France, the FTC players (roster below) will also get the opportunity to play against professional teams, including teams with Canadian pro players on them.
The schedule is as follows:
Canada v the CNVB (CREPS athletes) on March 20
Canada v Alès (France Pro B team) on March 25
Canada v CNVB (CREPS athletes) on March 26
Canada v Sète (France Pro A Team) on March 27
The group will return to Canada to prepare for National B team tryouts, which begin in early May in Gatineau.
The roster consists of Jonathan Sloane, Lee Hamilton, Jeremie Lortie Felipe Humana, Andrew Stephens, Mark Broome, Steven Marshall, Dane Pischke, Chris Voth and Justin Boudreault.