With training camp set to start Sunday, Hockey Canada has decided to replace injured defenseman Brandon Gormley with Jesse Blacker on the Canadian National Junior Team preliminary roster.
Gormley, taken by the Coyotes with the 13th pick of the 2010 Entry Draft, injured his knee last month. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound blueliner sustained the injury while playing for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League just prior to the selection camp announcement. He was evaluated by doctors in Phoenix and told he would be unable to participate in the World Junior selection camp.
"It's real tough to swallow," Gormley told the Times & Transcript in Moncton, N.B. "I guess everything happens for a reason. It's definitely a big disappointment, but I have to look at the bigger picture. There's still hopefully the NHL to come and that's the main goal."
Blacker, drafted in the second round (No. 58) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2009, currently plays for the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League. His 27 points are third-most among OHL defensemen. This will mark Blacker's first opportunity with Hockey Canada's National Junior team.
A total of 40 players will be attending the selection camp, including four goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 24 forwards.