TORONTO, Ont. - Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Monday that 39 of Canada's
top junior-aged hockey players (born in 1991 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada's National
Junior Team selection camp, December 12-15, 2010 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont.
Of the 39 players invited, three are returning players - Jared Cowen (Allan, Sask./Spokane, WHL), Calvin
de Haan (Carp, Ont./Oshawa, OHL) and Ryan Ellis (Freelton, Ont./Windsor, OHL) helped Canada earn the silver
medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. Ellis also won a gold medal
with Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa, Ont. In addition, thirty-four of the
players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 20 NHL Entry Drafts,
including eighteen first-round selections and four second-round picks.
Hockey Canada can still add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 12,
in the event that NHL teams loan Canada's National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing
in the NHL.
"On behalf of Hockey Canada, we want to congratulate the players named to the camp roster today, along
with their club teams, parents and minor hockey coaches that have helped them reach this level," said Scott
Salmond, Hockey Canada's senior director of hockey operations/national teams. "As well, we would like to
thank the Canadian Hockey League for its partnership and support of the Program of Excellence."
"Thanks to Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence, many of these players have already received the
experience necessary to deal with high-paced international competition such as the World Juniors," said Kevin
Prendergast, Hockey Canada's head scout of the men's Program of Excellence. "The quality and skill of the 39
players invited to the camp next week is a testament of the hard work, commitment and development of all
those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey systems."
Prendergast, who was named head scout in September, travelled coast to coast during the early months of
the 2010-11 season, assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.
"On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, I would like to congratulate all players who have been named to
the selection camp roster," said David Branch, president of the CHL. "This is a tremendous honour, and all
have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today."
There will be two Red-White intrasquad games (December 12, 13) and one game against the Canadian
University National Team (December 14). The team, made up of CIS players, will be representing Canada
at the 2011 FISU Games in January 2011. Due to limited seating at the MasterCard Centre, accreditation
(team, media, scouts) will be required for all practices and games. A select number of passes will be offered
in a contest for Hockey Canada followers on its social media platforms. A draw for passes will occur on
December 8. For information on the draw, go to www.Facebook.com/HockeyCanada and www.twitter.com/HockeyCanada.
Once the final roster is named at the conclusion of the selection camp in Toronto on December 15, Canada's
National Junior Team will play in three pre-competition games in southern Ontario prior to the 2011 IIHF
World Junior Championship, December 26 to January 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Canada will play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26
versus Russia, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network (check local
Canada has medaled at twelve straight IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances
in 2005, 2006, 2007, 20, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 20 and bronze medals in