NORTH YORK, ON - Canada's National Junior Team has released five players: forwards Colby Armstrong, Matthew Lombardi and Nathan Smith and defencemen Jean-François David and Duncan Keith, Head Coach Stan Butler announced on Friday bringing the roster to 27 players.
The five players were returned to their respective Canadian Hockey League teams, Armstrong to the Red Deer Rebels (WHL), Lombardi to the Victoriaville Tigres, Smith to the Swift Current Broncos (WHL), David to the Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) and Keith to Michigan State (CCHA).
The roster deletions reduced the National Junior Team Selection Camp roster to 27 players (4 goaltenders, 8 defencemen and 15 forwards) after four days of the seven day camp to choose the team that will represent Canada at the 2002 World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic from December 25, 2001 - January 4, 2002. The team will take 22 players - 20 skaters and two goaltenders - to the World Junior Championship.
Butler (Brampton Battalion, OHL) and assistant coaches Marc Habscheid (Kelowna Rockets, WHL) 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 one exhibition game.
Canada's National Junior Team returns to the ice Friday morning with a 10:00 am practice at the Beatrice Ice Gardens on the York University Campus.
Friday night, the Canadian team will once again face a OUA All-Star Team at the Beatrice Ice Gardens. Game time will be 5:30 pm. Tickets are available on-site. The two teams faced each other on Thursday, December 13th with the All-Stars winning 4-3.