Sarnia Sting forward Jordan Kyrou is among 32 hockey players invited to Team Canada's World Junior selection camp later this month.
They'll all be trying to earn a spot on the team set to represent Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, which begins on December 26 in Buffalo.
There are six players now in the NHL who are eligible to play at the world juniors but are not on Hockey Canada's selection camp roster: Arizona defenceman Jakob Chychrun, Montreal defenceman Victor Mete, Columbus centre Pierre-Luc Dubois, Philadelphia centre Nolan Patrick, as well as defenceman Samuel Girard and centre Tyson Jost of the Colorado Avalanche. "With a talent pool as deep as we have in this country, we believe the 22 players eventually selected from camp will give us the best chance at bringing home a gold medal". 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. "We couldn't be more excited for our staff and players to get together in St. Catharines and begin the journey".
The defenceman, who now plays for the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League, will travel to St. Catharines, Ont. Dec. 12-15.
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. He now has six goals and 30 points in 25 games with a plus/minus of 15. Canada will open the tournament against Finland in a Group A preliminary-round game at Key Bank Center in Buffalo on December 26.
That leaves 16 spots available as Hockey Canada will reduce the roster down to 23 players.
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The Premier League right now is completely different in the depth of quality in comparison to the other top leagues in Europe. Accordingly, both the sides are aware of the club they could potentially be up against in the final 16. "We are a team".