Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, being held on Dec. 11-14 in Victoria, B.C., will have a local touch to it.
Oshawa Generals captain Jack Studnicka and Port Perry native Ty Dellandrea were among the 34 players named Monday, Dec. 3 to the selection camp roster in preparation for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships being held in Vancouver and Victoria over the Holiday Season.
“Our evaluation process through summer camp, the CHL season, Canada-Russia Series and now selection camp allows us to assess and assemble the top Canadian players to represent our country,” said Shawn Bullock, Hockey Canada’s director of men’s national teams. “Our final decisions will be difficult ones, but we couldn’t get more excited to gather in Victoria and begin the road to representing Canada in Vancouver.”
Studnicka, a signed second-round pick of the Boston Bruins (53 overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, has 11 goals and 21 assists with Oshawa this season.
The six-foot-two, 175-pound forward has represented Canada before, suiting up for Canada Red at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and playing for the national team at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Championship and the 2017 World Under-18 Championship.
“It’s definitely a huge honour to have the opportunity to have to compete for a spot on the World Junior team,” Studnicka said on the club’s website. “I don’t think a Christmas has gone by that I have not been glued to the television watching the tournament, so it’s amazing to be included in this list of players invited to camp.”
Dellandrea, a six-foot-one, 190-pound centre with the Flint Firebirds, has 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 25 OHL games this season.
A 13th overall pick of the Dallas Stars in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the Firebirds captain signed a three-year NHL entry-level deal with the Stars after suiting up in his first NHL preseason games with Dallas in September.
“It’s extremely exciting to be invited to the selection camp to represent Canada,” Dellandrea said in a release on the Flint website. “It’s one step closer to making the team that you dream of playing for. I’m going to work as hard as I can and do everything possible to wear the Maple Leaf.”
The selection camp roster includes three goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 19 forwards. The final 22-man roster is expected to be named on Dec. 14.
Team Canada will take to the ice for three preliminary games from Dec. 19-23 and then the puck will drop on its gold-medal defence against Denmark on Dec. 26 in Vancouver.
PHOTO: Port Perry native Ty Dellandrea is one of the 34 players named Monday, Dec. 3 to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, being held on Dec. 11-14 in Victoria, B.C. TERRY WILSON/OHL IMAGES