Three Avalanche prospects are among the 39 players that have been invited to Team Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, set for December 12-15, 2010 at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto, Ont.
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The list of those players selected to the camp – which will serve as a tryout for Canada’s entry at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship – includes Tyson Barrie
, Joey Hishon
and Calvin Pickard
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 is tied for sixth among league defensemen this season with 22 points (4g/18a) despite playing in only 18 games.
Hishon, Colorado’s first selection (first round, 17th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft, was limited to 36 games in 2009-10 with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League due to two separate injuries. Despite missing two months of action, Hishon still recorded 40 points (16g/24a) for a team-best 1.11 points-per-game average. In 2008-09, his second season with Owen Sound, he paced the club in goals (37), assists (44) and points (81) while skating in 65 games.
Hishon is currenlty tied for 12th among OHL scorers with 36 points (14g/22a) despite appearing in just 17 games.
Pickard is playing his third season with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. In 2009-10, Pickard led all WHL goaltenders in appearances (62), minutes (3,688) and saves (2,207) while being named a finalist for the WHL Goaltender of the Year. Pickard also finished sixth in the league in save percentage (.914) and added three shutouts.
Through 23 games this season, Pickard has posted an 11-6-2-4 record while ranking third in the WHL in save percentage (.930) and seventh in goals-against average (2.64).
Team Canada’s camp will feature two Red-White intrasquad games (Dec. 12-13) and one contest against the Canadian University National Team (Dec. 14).
The team’s final roster will be named on Dec. 15. Canada will then play its first game of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship on December 26 versus Russia.