Ben Maxwell and Carey Price hope not to be home for Christmas this year.
MONTREAL - Team Canada's selection camp kicked off on Sunday in Calgary and a pair of Canadiens prospects would like nothing more than to spend the holidays in Sweden chasing a gold medal.
Carey Price, Montreal's first pick, fifth overall, in 2005, and Ben Maxwell, the Canadiens' second round selection this past summer, are among the 39 players vying for one of the 22 available spots on head coach Craig Hartsburg's roster.
Price is one of five goalies attending the camp and the only 19-year-old netminder on hand. In 20 games this season with the Tri-City Americans, the 6-foot-3 backstop is 12-7 with a 2.75 goals against average and one shutout.
Attending his first Canadian camp, Maxwell is the Western Hockey League's fifth leading scorer with 42 points and 14 goals in 33 games. The 18-year-old center also leads the league with four shorthanded goals.
If both Price and Maxwell make the cut, it would mark only the sixth time since 1985 that a pair of Canadiens prospects represent Team Canada on the World Junior Championship stage. At last year's tournament held in Vancouver, team captain Kyle Chipchura and Guillaume Latendresse helped lead Canada to its second-straight gold medal and 11th World Junior crown.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com