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Tessier Impresses at Canada's Camp

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
During the heat of summer, Colorado’s young prospects continue to prepare for the dead of winter.

While most of the players are working hard at home, preparing for the upcoming season, a few others have also been training with their sights set on the end of December.

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Kelsey Tessier recently attended Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp, while Colby Cohen and Kevin Shattenkirk will soon partake in a similar camp held by USA Hockey. The ultimate goal of the trio is to earn roster spots with their respective countries for the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, to be held Dec. 26, 2008-Jan. 5, 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Tessier attended Canada’s camp from July 25-30 at the University of Ottawa. There, 45 players showcased their skills in hopes of impressing the Hockey Canada brass, including head coach Benoit Groulx and head scout Al Murray. The next step coming out of this week’s camp is to earn an invite to the selection camp in December, followed by garnering a roster spot for the World Juniors.

Skating with Team White in a trio of intrasquad scrimmages, Tessier recorded one assist while his squad dropped two-of-three contests to Team Red.

“Kelsey brought his usual high-intensity game that we see from him all the time in a solid two-way role,” said Murray, who serves as head scout for Canada’s National Junior, Under-18 and Under-17 programs. “His versatility, being able to play both center and wing, will help him with his chances to make our team. It gives the coaches a lot of roles he can fill with our club.”

Tessier has had a whirlwind summer, to say the least. First, the Quebec Remparts center was selected by the Avalanche in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft. Only weeks later, the Moncton, N.B., native arrived in Denver to participate in Colorado’s 2008 Development Camp. And now that he has Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp under his belt, and with solid reviews from Canada’s scouting staff, Tessier will continue his preparations for the 2008-09 campaign in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Meanwhile, Cohen and Shattenkirk have been no less busy than their fellow prospect. Starting this weekend, the pair will do their best to impress USA Hockey’s staff at the 2008 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp – set for August 1-9 in Lake Placid, N.Y. A total of 53 American-born players will descend upon the site of the 1980 Miracle on Ice for practices and split-squad scrimmages against national teams from Sweden and Finland.
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