Avalanche prospects Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliott will take part in Canada’s National Junior Team development camp in early August.
The camp, which will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, will feature 41 skaters (17 defensemen and 24 forwards) and is used as a barometer for selecting players to represent Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. Hockey Canada will announce four goaltenders who will be attending the camp following its upcoming Program of Excellence goaltending camp (June 17-20).
Barrie recently completed his third full season with the Kelowna Rockets and was named the WHL’s Defenseman of the Year after totaling 72 points (19g/53a) in 63 games during the 2009-10 campaign. The Victoria, B.C. native earned WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team honors after tying for first among league blueliners in scoring and pacing all WHL rearguards in points-per-game (1.14).
Colorado’s fourth selection (third round, 64th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Barrie represented his region when he skated for Team Pacific at the 2008 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.
Elliott led all WHL defensemen in goals (26) while appearing in 72 games for the Saskatoon Blades in 2009-10. The Vancouver, B.C. native led all Saskatoon defensemen and tied for fourth among league blueliners with 65 points (26g/39a). He also tied for seventh in the league with a +41 plus/minus rating.
Colorado’s third selection (second round, 49th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Elliott previously represented Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, notching two assists in six games. He also skated for his home country at the 2008 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament, helping Canada earn a gold medal after notching two assists at the event.
The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Buffalo, N.Y. from Dec. 26, 2010 to January 5, 2011.