Hockey Canada names 32 players to world junior selection camp


Hockey Canada names 32 players to world junior selection camp

Prince George Cougars defenceman Dennis Cholowski is among 13 WHL players that have been chosen to attend Canada's selection camp in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Hockey Canada moved one step closer to finding out who will wear the red-and-white at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as 32 players earned an invitation to Canada's National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in St. Catharines, Ont., Dec. 12-15.

Two Owen Sound Attack players are Team Canada invitees. Also in Group A are the United States, Slovakia and Denmark.

There will be 11 NHL first-round picks at selection camp, including five from the 2017 NHL Draft: defensemen Cale Makar (No. 5, Colorado Avalanche), and Callan Foote (No. 14, Tampa Bay Lightning), and forwards Cody Glass (No. 6, Vegas Golden Knights), Nick Suzuki (No. 13, Golden Knights) and Robert Thomas (No. 20, St. Louis Blues).

That leaves 16 spots available as Hockey Canada will reduce the roster down to 23 players. Games will be played at KeyBank Center, home of the NHL's Sabres and the nearby HarborCenter.

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

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The list of camp invites includes goaltender Carter Hart, defencemen Jake Bean, Kale Clague and Dante Fabbro and forwards Dillon Dube, Michael McLeod and Taylor Raddysh, all of whom represented Canada at last year's tourney.

Selection camp runs December 12-15 in St. Catherines, Ontario, and the final roster will be announced shortly after the end of selection camp.

Aurora resident Robert Thomas, along with London Knights teammate Alex Formenton of King City, were included on the camp roster released November 6 by Hockey Canada. However, those National Hockey League teams have until December 19 to decide whether to loan them to the world junior squad.

Dominique Ducharme returns for a third consecutive year to the Canadian bench and second straight as head coach.

In the midst of his 4th year with the Attack, Gadjovich has appeared in 205 career OHL games, totalling 78 goals and 54 assists along with 150 penalty minutes.

Last year's assistants, Tim Hunter and Kris Knoblauch, are also back.

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