Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray and Seattle Thunderbirds goaltender Calvin Pickard are among 17 Western Hockey League players invited to the Canadian National Team’s selection camp for the World Junior Hockey Championships, which take place December 26 – January 5 in Buffalo, New York. Murray and Pickard played for Team WHL in the Subway Super Series tournament earlier this month against teams from Russia, which is coincidentally the team Canada will face to open the WJC on December 26.
The World Junior Hockey tournament features players born in 1991 or later, considered the top talent from their respective countries. Two other Seattle Thunderbirds have been invited to camps: defenseman Dave Sutter will try out for Switzerland’s national team, while right wing Marcel Noebels will compete for a spot on Team Germany’s roster.
At 17 years old, Ryan Murray is the youngest player invited to Team Canada’s selection camp. He’s having a strong season so far with the Silvertips, with 2 goals and 9 assists for 11 points in 26 games and a +/- rating of +11. 18 year old Calvin Pickard has already faced 869 shots in 23 games and continues his strong play in front of the net for the Thunderbirds, with a .930 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average, and a record of 11-6-2-4.
Here’s a look at the rest of the 39 players invited to Team Canada’s selection camp, which takes place December 12-15 at MasterCard Centre in Toronto. The final, 22-player roster will be released on December 15, giving the team just over a week to practice before competition gets under way. Among the 39 invited, 3 played on the team that took the silver medal in last year’s WJC (Jared Cowen, Calvin de Haan and Ryan Ellis). Team USA won the gold last year. Ryan Ellis also played on the team that won gold in 2009, when former Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Thomas Hickey served as Captain of the Canadian team.
J.P. Anderson – Mississauga St. Michaels Majors (OHL)
Calvin Pickard – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Olivier Roy – Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
Tyson Barrie – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Jared Cowen – Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Simon Despres – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Calvin de Haan – Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Ryan Ellis – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Brandon Gormley – Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Erik Gudbradson – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Brayden McNabb – Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Ryan Murphy – Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
Ryan Murray – Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Dylan Olsen – Minnesota-Duluth (NCAA)
Mark Pysyk – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Carter Ashton – Regina Pats (WHL)
Michael Bournival – Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Casey Cizikas – Mississauga St. Michaels Majors (OHL)
Brett Connolly – Prince George Cougars (WHL)
Sean Couturier – Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
Cody Eakin – Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Marcus Foligno – Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Brendan Gallagher – Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Curtis Hamilton – Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Joey Hishon – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Quinton Howden – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Ryan Howse – Chilliwack Bruins (WHL)
Ryan Johansen – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Zach Kassian – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Louis Leblanc – Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Brandon Pirri – Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Brad Ross – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
Jaden Schwartz – Colorado College (WCHA)
Riley Sheahan – Notre Dame (NCAA)
Reilly Smith – Miami University (NCAA)
Linden Vey – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Garrett Wilson – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Dave Cameron – Head Coach (Mississauga St. Michaels Majors)
George Burnett – Assistant Coach (Belleville Bulls)
Ryan Huska – Assistant Coach (Kelowna Rockets)
Andre Tourighy – Assistant Coach (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
You can follow Team Canada’s selection camp by clicking here.
USA Hockey will release its preliminary roster on December 7 and stream the announcement live at 8am PT/11am ET at www.usahockey.com.
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