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Leblanc selected to Team Canada

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Louis Leblanc has been selected to represent Team Canada in the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships. The second time seems to be a charm for the Habs’ 2009 first-round draft pick as Leblanc participated in his second-straight final camp with Team Canada after being one of the final cuts last December.

A Pointe-Claire native and one time Harvard student, Leblanc was listed by Team Canada head-coach, Dave Cameron, as a healthy scratch during the team’s final exhibition game. Leblanc sat along with seven other roster selections as Cameron made use of the opportunity to evaluate the remaining players

While a berth in the World Junior Championships may not guarantee a player success in the NHL, it certainly doesn’t hurt. Of the 12 Canadian-born players listed on the Habs’ roster, nine have represented their country in the tournament, notably P.K. Subban, Carey Price, Tom Pyatt, Dustin Boyd, Benoit Pouliot, Alexandre Picard, Josh Gorges, Michael Cammalleri and Alex Auld. With the exception of 2010 and 2003 the Canadiens’ organization has had at least one prospect in the tournament every year since 2001.

Justin Fragapane is a writer for

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