Hockey Canada announced Friday that forward Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets in the Western Hockey League will be unable to attend Canada's selection camp next week for the World Junior Championship due to an upper-body injury.
Sissons will not be replaced on the roster, which now has a total of 36 invitees, including four goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 20 forwards. The 19-year-old Sissons was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the second round (No. 50 overall) of the NHL Draft last June. He had 10 goals and 27 points in 27 games for Kelowna in 2012-13.
Sissons, a 6-foot-1, 192 pound North Vancouver native, sat out Saturday's game in Seattle with his injury and was listed day-to-day at the time.
The Canadian team will be named Dec. 13 and will depart for pre-competition camp in Finland two days later. The 2013 WJC will be held Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia. All countries are required to submit their WJC rosters to the International Ice Hockey Federation on Dec. 25. There will be 23 players named to the Canadian National Team roster instead of the usual 22 -- a third goaltender will be included as an alternate.
The camp schedule will include one Red-White intrasquad game on Dec. 11, and two games against teams from Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Dec. 12-13. The CIS teams will be comprised of players from the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and Mount Royal University.
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