CALGARY, AB - The NHL's Minnesota Wild have made forward Brent Burns available to Canada's National Junior Team, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced on Wednesday. Burns will attend Canada's selection camp December 11-18, 2003 in Kitchener, ON.
With this announcement, Canada's Selection camp roster now stands at 36 players (5 goaltenders, 12 defencemen, 19 forwards). A final roster of 22 players will represent Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship December 26- in Finland.
Additional players may be invited to attend the selection camp, but as per Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team policy, additional players must be in attendance for the start of the selection camp ().
Burns, 18 was Minnesota’s first round pick, 20th overall, in the June 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Ajax, ON scored his first NHL goal in his third game on vs. the San Jose Sharks. Brent has one goal and four assists in 15 NHL games this season.
The former Brampton Battalion (OHL) led his team in playoff scoring last season with five goals and six assists in 11 games. Brent was runner-up for Most Improved Player in the OHL as voted on by the leagues coaches.
Burns is the second NHL player to be made available for Canada’s National Junior Team this year. The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Monday that goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury would be available to attend the Selection Camp in Kitchener.National Junior Team Selection Camp Information
The National Junior Team Selection Camp runs on December 11-18, 2003 with players arriving at various times on December 11th between 10 am (ET) and 3 pm (ET) at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. Team Red will take the ice at 5:45 pm (ET) followed by Team White at 7:15 pm (ET).
Red and White rosters and a complete Selection Camp schedule have been posted at www.hockeycanada.ca
Daily Team Canada practices and the two intersquad games are free and open to the public.