HALIFAX, N.S. - Thirty-five of the top Canadian Under-20 junior hockey players will be vying for a spot on Team Canada, as Canada's National Junior team selection camp begins on Wednesday, December 11 at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, NS.
Team Canada's selection camp, December 11-16, 2002, 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 has four returning players at selection camp from last year's World Junior team that captured a silver medal at the 2002 World Juniors in the Czech Republic: Defencemen Carlo Colaiacovo and Nathan Paetsch, as well as forwards Jay McClement and Scottie Upshall.
Canada's selection camp roster breaks down as: 4 goaltenders, 11 defencemen and 20 forwards. Canada's selection camp RED/WHITE rosters for practices and inter-squad games have been announced. The complete rosters for selection camp can be found at www.canadianhockey.ca.
Details regarding Team Canada's selection camp, Dec. 11-16 in Halifax, NS are:
Full schedule of Canada's practices and games is attached or go to www.canadianhockey.ca
Daily Team Canada practices are free and open to the public
$75.00 ticket packages for 7 pre-Championship games at the Halifax Metro Centre are now on sale. The package includes the two Team Canada Red/White Inter-squad Games, two exhibition games of Canada vs. Atlantic University Sport (AUS) All-Star Team, as well as three international exhibition games in Halifax. Ticket packages can be purchased at the Halifax Metro Centre box office or charge by phone at 902-451-1221.
Canada will be hosting the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship for the sixth time. 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.