Stepp invited to Canadian National Junior Team camp

By Jeff Arnim
The Canadian Hockey Association announced the addition of center Joel Stepp to the Canadian National Junior Team Camp on Friday. The 18-year-old Torquay, Saskatchewan native played for the Memorial Cup Champion Red Deer Rebels of the WHL last season, his second full year in the league. A third round pick of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Stepp posted 24 goals and 37 points primarily as a defensive forward last season with the Rebels.

He joins teammates Colby Armstrong, Shane Bendera, Doug Lynch, and Jeff Woywitka in the current camp, which runs through August 10th at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, Alberta.

CAREER STATISTICS

Year     Team           League   GP   G   A  Pts  PIM
1998-99  Estevan        Ban. AA  60  65  70  135  120
1998-99  Red Deer       WHL       2   0   0    0    0
1999-00  Red Deer       WHL      65  11  13   24   59
1999-00* Red Deer       WHL       4   1   0    1    8
2000-01  Red Deer       WHL      70  24  13   37   89
2000-01* Red Deer       WHL      22   6   3    9   24

* = playoffs