Avalanche prospect Tyson Barrie
was one of 22 players named to Team Canada’s final roster for the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday.
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Barrie is currently in his fourth full season with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. Selected by the Avalanche in the third round (64th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Barrie was named the WHL’s Defenseman of the Year a season ago after totaling 72 points (19g/53a) in 63 games. He was also selected to the WHL Western Conference First All-Star Team and the Canadian Hockey League Second All-Star Team in 2009-10.
Barrie currently ranks ninth among league defensemen with 25 points (4g/21a) in 23 games. He is one of two WHL defensemen to make the final roster, joining Spokane’s Jared Cowen.
Two other Avalanche prospects who were invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, Owen Sound forward Joey Hishon
and Seattle goaltender Calvin Pickard
, did not make the final cut.
Team Canada will open play at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 26 versus Russia.
Canada’s National Junior Team will also play three exhibition games prior to the start of the event, including contests against Switzerland, Sweden and Finland. Canada has medaled at twelve straight IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.