CALGARY, ALBERTA - Forward Jay McClement, of the OHL's Brampton Battalion has been added to Canada's National Junior Development Camp from August 1-10, 2001 in Calgary, AB. Defenceman Mark Popovic, of the OHL's St. Michael's Majors, will not attend the camp due to illness and forward Stephen Weiss, of the OHL's Plymouth Whalers has chosen not to attend the National Junior Team Camp , the Canadian Hockey Association and the Canadian Hockey League announced on Monday.
McClement, 18, has previous experience with Canada's Program of Excellence, having won a gold medal with Canada's National Under 18 Team at the 2000 Four Nations Cup in the Czech Republic. McClement, a native of Kingston, ON, is a 6'1, 190 lb centreman who was a second round selection of the St. Louis Blues, 57th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Popovic is not be able to attend the camp due to illness, as he has been diagnosed with mononucleosis. Popovic won a bronze medal with Canada's National Junior Team at the 2001 World Junior Hockey Championship in Russia. The native of Stoney Creek was a 2nd round selection of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 35th overall, at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Weiss, 18, was the Florida Panthers' 1st round selection, 4th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. The National Junior Team Policy Committee has only allowed players with two years in the National Junior Team Program to forego the summer camp. Weiss has not been with the National Junior Team Program aside from taking part in the December 2000 Selection Camp and, at this time, is not in consideration for the 2002 National Junior Team.
"We are very disappointed that Stephen has chosen not to attend this summer's Development Camp," said Bob Nicholson, President of the Canadian Hockey Association. "I think that it is highly unlikely that he will be at our Selection camp in December."
CHA Director of Scouting, Barry Trapp and three regional scouts will continue to monitor and evaluate the players at next week's development camp in Calgary, as well as others through the first half of the season to determine the players that will be invited to the December camp.
Forty-four players will be attending the National Junior Team's Development Camp being held at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, AB, August 1-10, 2001.f