NORTH YORK, ON - Canada's National Junior Team has released three players: goaltender Rob Zepp, defenceman Garnet Exelby and forward Stephen Weiss, Head Coach Stan Butler announced on Sunday bringing the roster to 26 players.
The three players were returned to their respective Canadian Hockey League teams. Zepp to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, Exelby to the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League and Weiss to the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
The roster deletions reduced the National Junior Team Selection Camp roster to 26 players after four days of the six day camp to choose the team that will represent Canada at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship in Russia from December 26, 2000 - January 5, 2001. The team will take 22 players - 20 skaters and two goaltenders - to the World Junior Championship. The final roster will be announced on Monday morning, December 18th, and there will be a media opportunity at 10:30 am at the Beatrice Ice Gardens.
Butler (Brampton Battalion, OHL) and assistant coaches Kevin Dickie (Saskatoon Blades, OHL) and Mike Kelly (North Bay Centennials, OHL), along with Barry Trapp, Canadian Hockey's Director of Scouting, have been evaluating the players as they have now been through daily work-outs, two intra-squad games and a game against a team of Ontario University All-Stars.
Last night, Canada defeated the Ontario University All-Stars 5-3 on goals by Derek MacKenzie, Krys Kolanos, Brad Boyes and Jason Jaspers.
Canada's National Junior Team returns to the ice this morning with a 10:00 am practice at the Beatrice Ice Gardens on the York University Campus.
Sunday night, the Ontario University All-Stars will once again provide the opposition in a game at the Beatrice Ice Gardens. Game time will be 5:30 pm.