HALIFAX (NOVA SCOTIA) - Canada's National Junior Team trimmed it's roster to 29 players on Saturday morning by releasing six players and returning them to their respective Canadian Hockey League teams: goaltender Cam Ward (Red Deer, WHL), defencemen Aaron Johnson (Rimouski, QMJHL) and Doug Lynch (Spokane, WHL), forwards Corey Locke (Ottawa, OHL), Jonathan Ferland (Bathurst, QMJHL) and Nathan Horton (Oshawa, OHL), Head Coach Marc Habscheid announced.
Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp roster now stands at 29 players (3 goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 16 forwards). The six-day selection camp serves to choose the team that will represent Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax and Sydney, NS from - . The team will take 22 players - 20 skaters and two goaltenders - to the World Junior Championship.
Habscheid (Kelowna Rockets, WHL), with assistant coaches Mario Durocher (Sherbrooke, QMJHL) and Mike
Kelly, along with Blair Mackasey, Canadian Hockey's Head Scout, have been evaluating the players as they have
now been through daily work-outs and two intra-squad games.
Canada's National Junior Team returns to the ice Saturday morning with a 10:15 am (Atlantic) practice at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Canada will play two more exhibition games before naming it's final roster. Both games will be against an Atlantic University Sport All-Star Team the Halifax Metro Centre on Saturday, December 14th on Sunday, December 15th. Both games will start at 6 pm. Tickets are available on-site.