Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Hockey Canada announced today the 38 players invited to the National Junior Selection Camp December 11-15, 2008 at the SBP Arena and the Rocket-Guertin Arena in Ottawa, Ontario. BC’s Colton Teubert, Patrick Wiercioch, Jamie Benn, Evander Kane, Riley Nash and Brett Sonne were selected to attend the selection camp.
This group of players will compete for a spot on the 2009 National Junior Team that will look to capture a fifth straight gold medal. The 2009 World Junior Championship is set to take place in Ottawa, ON this year from December 26 – January 5.
For a complete roster of the 38 players selected to the National Junior Selection Camp please
Teubert native of White Rock is currently playing for the Regina Pats of the WHL. In 30 games this year Teubert has produced 8 goals and 13 assists and has been a plus 16. The 6’4” defenseman was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Wiercioch of Maple Ridge, BC was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the second round by the Ottawa Senators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Patrick is currently playing for Denver of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Benn native of Victoria has been a standout forward for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this year. Through the first 24 games, Benn has scored 41 points – 23 goals and 18 assists. Jamie was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Kane of Vancouver, BC has been a star forward for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL this season scoring 38 points through the first 23 games of the 2008-2009 season. Evander is eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry and is currently pegged as a top 10 selection.
Nash of Kamloops is in his sophomore season at Cornell of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). Nash was named ECAC Hockey and Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2007-2008 after finishing the season with 32 points – 12 goals and 20 assists. Riley was selected by Edmonton in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Sonne of Maple Ridge is currently playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Through the first 29 games of the 2008-2009 season, Sonne has scored 15 goals and added 28 assists. Brett was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
“Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which includes our under-17 and under-18 programs, has provided many of these players with the preparation and experience for 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 38 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.”
Hockey Canada may add additional players prior to the opening of the selection cam on December 11, in the event that any NHL team loans Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.
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