Defensemen could join Caps prospect Chris Bourque at World Junior ChampionshipWashington, D.C. – December 5, 2005 –
Defensemen Sasha Pokulok and Jeff Schultz
, first-round draft picks of the Washington Capitals in the past two NHL Entry Drafts, have been invited to the selection camp for the 2006 Canadian National Junior Team, Hockey Canada announced today.
Pokulok and Schultz are two of 34 players invited to the camp, 12 of whom are defensemen. Camp runs from Dec. 12-15, where the players will contend for spots on the Canadian National Junior Team that will participate in the 2006 World Junior Championship. The tournament will be held in British Columbia from Dec. 26, 2005, to Jan. 5, 2006. Should Pokulok and/or Schultz make Team Canada they would play in the tournament against Capitals prospect Chris Bourque
, who was named to the U.S. National Junior Team earlier today.
Pokulok, 19, is a sophomore at 13th-ranked Cornell University of the ECAC Hockey League, where he has five points (one goal, four assists) and 29 penalty minutes in 11 games this season. The 6’5”, 220-pound native of Montreal was the 14th selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Schultz, 19, is in his fourth season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He has 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 28 games this season, leading his team in assists and tied for 13th in scoring among WHL defensemen. A 6’6”, 215-pound native of Calgary, Schultz was recently selected to Team WHL that competed in the 2005 Canada-Russia series. He was Washington’s second first-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (27th overall), behind No. 1 pick Alex Ovechkin