Avalanche prospects Cameron Gaunce
and Kelsey Tessier will participate in Canada’s National Junior Team development camp, it was announced today by Hockey Canada.
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The camp, slated for Aug. 5-10 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, will feature 41 skaters and is used as a barometer for selecting players to represent Team Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. Hockey Canada will announce the four goaltenders that will be attending the camp following its upcoming Program of Excellence goaltending camp (June 11-14 in Calgary).
Gaunce is one of 17 defensemen on the camp roster. The 19-year-old blueliner was Colorado’s first selection (second round, 50th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He was named to the Ontario Hockey League’s Second All-Star Team in 2008-09 after recording 64 points (17g/47a) and 110 penalty minutes in 67 games for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors. Gaunce, who ranked fifth among all OHL defensemen in scoring, finished third in voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the league’s most outstanding defenseman.
The Sudbury, Ontario native led the Majors in assists and plus/minus (+28) and was second in points. He added 10 points (4g/6a) in 11 playoff contests. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound blueliner was tabbed by league coaches as the Eastern Conference’s “Best Defensive Defenseman” and second-best “Offensive Defenseman.” In 2007-08, Gaunce was named to the OHL’s All-Rookie Team with Mississauga.
Gaunce signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche on May 11.
Tessier, one of 24 forwards on the camp roster, recently wrapped up his third season with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 19-year-old center was Colorado’s third selection (fourth round, 110th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The 5-foot-9, 168-pound forward finished fourth on Quebec’s scoring chart this past season in goals (25) and points (60) while tying for fifth in assists (35) in 64 games. He also netted 10 power-play goals, two-short-handed tallies and three game-winners.
The Moncton, New Brunswick native has totaled 191 points (84g/107a) in 195 career games with the Remparts. He also suited up for Team QMJHL at the 2008 Canada-Russia Challenge, notching one assist in two games at the event. In 2007-08, Tessier led the Remparts with 36 goals and 81 points in 68 games, finishing 15th in the QMJHL scoring race.
Willie Desjardins, head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers, will serve as head coach of the 2010 Canadian National Junior Team.
The 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan from Dec. 26, 2009 to January 5, 2010.