ST. LOUIS – Jaden Schwartz
, the St. Louis Blues’ first round selection (14th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been named to Team Canada’s roster for the 2011 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York.
Schwartz, 18, has played in 17 games during his freshman year at Colorado College this season, leading the NCAA among freshman with a team-leading 26 points including 11 goals and 15 assists.
Before committing to Colorado College, the 5’10, 182-pound forward spent the 2009-10 season with Tri-City in the United States Hockey League (USHL). There, he won the league scoring title with 83 points (33 goals, 50 assists) in 60 games, becoming the youngest player to do so since 1982-83. For his efforts, the Melfort, Saskatchewan native was named to the USHL First All-Star team and the Offensive Player of the Year.
Prior to joining Tri-City, he played with Notre Dame, a private school in Wilcox, Saskatchewan that has produced players such as Vincent Lecavalier, Rod Brind'Amour, Curtis Joseph and Wendel Clark.
In 2007-08, Schwartz led the Midget AAA league and broke the scoring record held by Lecavalier and Brad Richards with 39 goals and 111 points (39 goals, 72 assists) in 44 games.
Canada will open their tournament schedule against Russia on December 26 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
Fans will be available to follow Schwartz and other prospects at the World Junior Championships by visiting stlouisblues.com beginning Dec. 26.