Canada invites 32 players to Junior Team selection camp


Thirty-two players were selected for the Team Canada's camp, which commences Dec. 13 and runs until Dec. 15 in St. Catharines, Ontario, before the final 23-man roster will head to Buffalo to compete in the 2018 World Junior Championships, beginning Dec. 26.

"We've seen some great Canadian hockey talent over the four days of camps, and both teams had hard decisions to make to pare it down to 22 players per roster", said Brent Ladds, president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The 2017 World Junior A Challenge is presented by Hockey Canada, the CJHL and Hockey Nova Scotia, in partnership with NHL Central Scouting.

Canada West also has returning faces in their lineup, including Riese Gaber of the Steinbach Pistons, Kyle Johnson of the Prince George Spruce Kings, Carter Turnbull of the Powell River Kings and Jonny Tychonick of the Penticton Vees.

Group B consists of Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Belarus.

Team Canada East will open the tournament against Russian Federation in prime time on Sunday when the World Junior A Challenge returns to Atlantic Canada. It will feature three games, including two matches against a team of U Sports (formerly CIS) all-stars on December 13 and 14, and a final match against Denmark on December 15. Canada coach Dominique Ducharme, coach and general manager for Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, will likely set his 22-player roster after the game against Denmark.

Two Owen Sound Attack players are Team Canada invitees.

Both Canada East and West will hit the ice Sunday, Dec. 10, with Canada West playing Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. and Canada East playing Russian Federation at 7:30 the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre.