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WJC: Showcase showdown

Habs prospects Jacob Olofsson, Ryan Poehling, and Cayden Primeau will be in Kamloops this coming week

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Fans rolling through the dog days of summer looking for their hockey fix are in luck, as the World Junior Summer Showcase is on the horizon.

Over the weekend, the best WJC-eligible players from four different countries - Canada, the United States, Finland, and Sweden - will descend on Kamloops, BC to take part in practices and games. The week-long event, which runs from July 28-August 4, will give those youngsters an opportunity to prove their worth and compete for spots on their respective countries' national squads at the upcoming 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria, BC from Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 5, 2019.

Six Canadiens prospects were invited to take part: Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jesse Ylönen (Finland), Ryan Poehling and Cayden Primeau (United States), Jacob Olofsson (Sweden), and Josh Brook (Canada), although Brook will not be on site due to injury, and Kotkaniemi and Ylönen are not traveling to British Columbia.

The first games are set for Monday. For the full schedule and results, click here.

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