success/failure of the Canadian entry in the World Junior Hockey
Championships. The selection camp is set for Dec. 13-18 at the Beatrice
Ice Gardens in North York, Ontario.
Out of the 34 players, 22 will be selected to represent Canada at the
2001 World Junior Tournament in Russia.
winning team from the 2000 tournament. One player, Brian Finley of the
Barrie Colts, was a member of the silver medal winning team from the
1999 tournament in Winnipeg. Finley will be unable to play in the
tournament though due to the fact that he re-aggravated a groin injury.
form of redemption after falling short of the gold medal the last 2
years. The Canadian entry has not won a gold medal at the World Junior
Tournament since 1997.
Oullet’s to lose. Oullet will likely be the starter throughout the
tournament. Rob Zepp, Pascal Leclaire and Alex Auld would all make
capable backups for Oullet. The Canadian goaltending will be a strong
point as it almost always is.
McCarthy, Jay Bouwmeester and Barret Jackman will anchor this years
defensive corps. There will be a great deal of size on the Team Canada
blueline no matter who ends up being selected. Every defenseman at the
selection camp is over 6’00 190 lbs. There could be up to 4 undrafted
defencemen on the roster this year. Mark Popovic of Toronto St.
Michael’s (2001), Jay Harrison of the Brampton Battalion (2001), Dan
Hanhuis of Prince George (2001) and Jay Bouwmeester of Medicine Hat
(2002) are all draft eligible in the next 2 years.
players like Mike Comrie (age restriction) and Brad Richards (NHL) many
of the players in camp are more than capable of filling in. Players back
from last year’s team include Dany Heatley, Jamie Lundmark, Brandon Reid
and Jason Spezza. Nathan Smith was added to the Selection Camp roster
after it was announced that Brian Sutherby could not attend due to
including Sutherby and Finley who are not attending:
Goaltenders Player S Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000-2001 Team Drafted Alex Auld L 6'03.5 198 01/07/81 Thunder Bay, On North Bay (OHL) FLA 99 Brian Finley R 6'02 180 07/03/81 Sault, On Barrie (OHL) NA 99 Pascal Leclaire L 6'01.5 180 11/07/82 Repentigny, Qc Halifax (QMJHL) Eligible 01 Maxime Ouellet L 6'01.5 199 06/17/81 Beauport, Qc. Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) PHA 99 Rob Zepp L 6'00.5 185 09/07/81 Newmarket, On Plymouth (OHL) ATL 99 Defence Player S Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000-2001 Team Drafted Antoine Bergeron L 6'02 200 12/14/81 Valcourt, Qc Val D'Or (QMJHL) STL 00 Jay Bouwmeester L 6'03.5 208 09/27/83 Edmonton, Ab Medicine Hat (WHL) Eligible 02 Garnet Exelby L 6'02 210 08/16/81 Ste. Ann, Mb Saskatoon (WHL) ATL 99 Kurtis Foster R 6'04.5 211 11/24/81 Carp, On Peterborough (OHL) CAL 00 Dan Hamhuis L 6'00.5 193 12/13/82 Smithers, BC Prince George (WHL) Eligible 01 Jay Harrison L 6'03 204 11/03/82 Whitby, On Brampton (OHL) Eligible 01 Barret Jackman L 6'01 200 03/05/81 Kamloops, BC Regina (WHL) STL 99 Mark Popovic L 6'01.5 190 10/11/82 Stoney Creek, On St. Mike's (OHL) Eligible 01 Nick Schultz L 6'01 195 08/25/82 Strasbourg, Sk Prince Albert (WHL) MIN 00 Luke Sellars L 6'01 204 05/21/81 Pickering, On Ottawa (OHL) ATL 99 Jonathan Zion L 6'00 200 05/21/81 Nepean, On Ottawa (OHL) TOR 99 Steve McCarthy R 6'00 205 02/03/21 Trail, BC Chicago (NHL) CHI 99 Forwards Player S Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown 2000-2001 Team Drafted Kris Beech L 6'02 190 02/05/81 Sicamous, BC Calgary (WHL) WSH 99 Brad Boyes R 6'00 180 04/17/82 Mississauga, On Erie (OHL) TOR 00 Mike Cammalleri L 5'08.5 175 06/08/82 Toronto, On Michigan (CCHA) Eligible 01 Alexandre Giroux L 6'03 190 06/16/81 Quebec City, Qc Hull (QMJHL) OTT 99 Dany Heatley L 6'02.5 205 01/21/81 Calgary, Ab Wisconsin (WCHA) ATL 00 Jason Jaspers L 5'11 183 04/08/81 Thunder Bay, On Sudbury (OHL) PHO 99 Krys Kolanos R 6'02 180 07/27/81 Calgary, Ab Boston College (HE) PHO 00 Jamie Lundmark R 6'00 185 01/16/81 Edmonton, Ab Seattle (WHL) NYR 99 Derek MacKenzie L 5'10 178 06/11/81 Richmond Hill, On Sudbury (OHL) ATL 99 David Morisset R 6'01.5 203 04/06/81 Langley, BC Seattle (WHL) STL 00 Steve Ott L 6'00 180 08/19/82 Stoney Point, On Windsor (OHL) DAL 00 Brandon Reid R 5'09 170 03/09/81 Kirkland, Qc Val D'Or (QMJHL) VAN 00 Jason Spezza R 6'02 210 06/13/83 Brampton, On Windsor (OHL) Eligible 01 Jarret Stoll R 6'01 198 06/24/82 Yorkton, Sk Kootenay (WHL) CAL 00 Brian Sutherby L 6'02 190 03/01/82 Edmonton, Ab Moose Jaw (WHL) WSH 00 Raffi Torres L 5'11.5 210 10/08/81 Markham, On Brampton (OHL) NYI 00 Stephen Weiss L 6'00 175 04/03/83 Markham, On Plymouth (OHL) Eligible 01 Mike Zigomanis R 6'01 193 01/17/81 Scarborough, On Kingston (OHL) BUF 99 Nathan Smith L 6'01 180 02/09/82 Strathcona, Ab Swift Current (WHL) VAN 00 Coaching Staff Stan Butler, Head Coach--Brampton Battalion Kevin Dickie, Assistant Coach--Saskatoon Blades Mike Kelly, Assistant Coach--North Bay Centennials Greg Mayer, Equipment Manager--Moose Jaw Warriors Dr. Michael Nicholls, Team Physian--Regina Pats
camp this year’s Canadian entry could be one of the better entries that
Canada has sent to the World Junior Tournament in the past few years.