REGINA (SASKATCHEWAN) – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Wednesday that 32 of the CHL’s top junior-aged hockey players (born in 1990 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior selection camp from December 12-16, 2009 in Regina, Sask.
Of the 36 players invited in total, seven are returning players – having won gold medals at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa. Thirty-one of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2008 or 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including fourteen first-round selections and six second-round picks.
Hockey Canada may still add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 12, in the event that any other NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.
“On behalf of Hockey Canada, I would like to congratulate the players named today, along with their club teams, their parents and all the minor hockey coaches who helped them along with the way to get where they are today, ” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s senior director of men’s national teams. “As we look forward to a very competitive camp, I would also like to make special note of the great partnership that Hockey Canada has with the Canadian Hockey League, and thank CHL teams and fans for their support of the Program of Excellence.”
“Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which includes our under-17 and under-18 programs, has already provided many of these players with the preparation and experience to deal with the rigors of the upcoming World Juniors and high paced international competition,” said Al Murray, Hockey Canada’s head scout for men’s national teams. “The quality and skill of the 36 players invited to the camp next week is a testament of the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey system.”
Murray traveled coast to coast during the first part of the 2008-09 hockey season assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.
The roster includes 12 players from the Ontario Hockey League, 10 from the Western Hockey League, and 10 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
CHL Players on the Roster:
Jared Cowen, Spokane Chiefs
Calvin de Haan, Oshawa Generals
Nicolas Deslauriers, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
Brandon Gormley, Moncton Wildcats
Travis Hamonic, Moose Jaw Warriors
Shawn Lalonde, Belleville Bulls
Marco Scandella, Val d’Or Foreurs
Colten Teubert, Regina Pats
Luke Adam, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Gabriel Bourque, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Jordan Caron, Rimouski Oceanic
Patrice Cormier, Rimouski Oceanic
Philippe Cornet, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Stefan Della Rovere, Barrie Colts
Cody Eakin, Swift Current Broncos
Jordan Eberle, Regina Pats
Scott Glennie, Brandon Wheat Kings
Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Adam Henrique, Windsor Spitfires
Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Nazem Kadri, London Knights
Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
John McFarland, Sudbury Wolves
Brandon McMillan, Kelowna Rockets
Greg Nemisz, Windsor Spitfires
Brayden Schenn, Brandon Wheat Kings
Tyler Seguin, Plymouth Whalers
Please visit www.hockeycanada.ca for the complete roster.
SELECTION CAMP INFORMATION
Players and staff will travel to Regina on Saturday, December 12. There will be two red-white intrasquad games and one game against a team comprised of CIS players from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina.
Once the team is named at the conclusion of the selection camp in Regina, Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three exhibition games prior to the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Canada will play its first game of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 versus Latvia, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network (check local listings).
Canada has medaled at eleven straight IIHF World Junior Championships including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.