Two of the players expected to be among the top prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft were among 42 players invited by Hockey Canada to take part in a tryout camp for its entry into the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
The camp will be held July 25-29 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto.
"These players are the cream of the crop of under-18 talent in Canada, and it's going to be exciting to see them battle for 22 roster spots," said Ryan Jankowski, head scout for Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence. "As it is every year, there were some tough decisions to get down to 42, and they will be even tougher decisions to finalize the roster."
This year's tournament will be played Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. Canada has won the tournament the past five years.
Headlining the camp invitees is a pair of top-flight Ontario Hockey League defensemen, Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts and Roland McKeown of the Kingston Frontenacs.
Ekblad, a 6-foot-3.25, 213-pound blueliner, had seven goals and 27 assists in 2012-13 for Barrie and added seven goals and 17 points in 22 playoff games to help it reach the OHL finals.