CALGARY, AB - The NHL's Washington Capitals have made defenceman Steve Eminger available to Canada's National Junior Team, the Canadian Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League announced on Monday. Eminger will attend Canada's selection camp December 11-16, 2002 in Halifax, NS.
With this announcement, Canada's Selection camp roster now stands at 35 players, including 4 goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 19 forwards. Additional players may be invited to the attend the selection camp, but as per the CHA's National Junior Team policy, additional player announcements must be made prior to the start of the selection camp ().
Eminger, 19, was Washington's first round pick in the June 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 12th overall. The native of Woodbridge, ON has accumulated two assists in 17 NHL games with the Capitals this season. The former Kitchener Ranger (OHL) participated in Canada's National Junior Team's Development Camp in August, 2002 in Halifax, and won a gold medal with Canada's National Under 18 Team at the Four Nations Cup in August 2000.
"We're very pleased that Team Canada has invited Steve to its training camp," said Washington General Manager George McPhee. "Competing in the World Juniors is a great opportunity for him. The experience will continue his development and he will return to our lineup a better player."
Team Canada's selection camp, December 11-16, 2002 in Halifax, NS, will serve to prepare and name the 22 players for Canada's roster for the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax and Sydney, NS from to .
Canada will be hosting the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship for the sixth time this year in Halifax and Sydney, NS. Other years Canada has hosted were: 1999 (Winnipeg, MB), 1995 (Red Deer, AB), 1991 (Saskatoon, SK), 1986 (Hamilton, ON), 1978 (Montreal, QC).
In the 1990's, Canada captured seven gold medals, with a record five gold medals in a row from 1993-1997, and one silver medal in 1999. Canada is the only country to medal at the past four World Junior Championships, with silver medals in 19, and bronze medals in 20.
Details regarding Team Canada's selection camp, Dec. 11-16 in Halifax, NS are:
Daily Team Canada practices are free and open to the public (visit www.canadianhockey.ca)
$75 ticket packages for 7 pre-Championship games at the Halifax Metro Centre are now on sale. The package includes two Team Canada Red-White Intersquad Games, two exhibition games Canada vs. Atlantic University Sport (AUS) All-Star Team, as well as three international exhibition games. Ticket packages can be purchased at the Halifax Metro Centre box office or charge by phone at 902-451-1221.
Updated Red and White rosters as well as a full ice schedule of Canada's National Junior Team Selection camp is available in the Team Canada section of 2003 WJHC website at www.canadianhockey.ca