HALIFAX (NOVA SCOTIA) - Canada's National Junior Team trimmed it's roster to 26 players on Sunday morning by releasing three players and returning them to their respective Canadian Hockey League teams: defenceman Maxime Fortunus (Baie Comeau, QMJHL) and forwards Duncan Milroy (Kootenay, WHL) and Eric Staal (Peterborough, ON), Head Coach Marc Habscheid announced.
Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp roster now stands at 27 players (3 goaltenders, 9 defencemen and 14 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, two intra-squad games and a 5-2 victory over the Atlantic University All-Stars on Saturday night. Brooks Laich (Wawota, SK) led Canada with two goals.
Canada's National Junior Team returns to the ice Sunday morning with a 10:15 am (Atlantic) practice at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Canada will play one more exhibition game against the Atlantic University Sport All-Star Team before naming it's final roster. This final game at selection camp will be at the Halifax Metro Centre on Sunday, December 15th. Both games will start at 6 pm. Tickets are available on-site.