Wednesday, July 23, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that Coyotes center Kyle Turris and defenseman Nick Ross
have been invited to attend the Canadian National Junior Team Summer Development Camp, which will be held July 25-30 at the University of Ottawa.
The Coyotes selected Turris (3rd overall) and Ross (30th overall) in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Turris appeared in the Coyotes’ final three games of the 2007-08 season and recorded his first NHL point with an assist in the season finale at Anaheim on April 6. He also played for the University of Wisconsin last season and finished as the team’s leading scorer with 11-25-36 and 38 penalty minutes (PIM) in 36 games as he helped guide the Badgers to a berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Turris also played in the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic earlier this year, helping lead Canada to the gold medal. He tied for the team-lead in scoring with 4-2-6 in five games. A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Turris led Team Canada to a 7-0-1 record in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game event that featured the top
junior players from Canada taking on Russia’s best juniors. Turris led all goal-scorers with seven in eight games.
Ross, 19, completed his fourth season in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2007-08. He began the campaign with the Regina Pats, recording 3-25-28 and 60 PIM in 41 games. After being traded to the Kamloops Blazers on Jan. 5, Ross collected 5-14-19 and 55 PIM in 31 games. He also added two assists in four playoff games for Kamloops.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Ross appeared in one NHL preseason game for the Coyotes last year and logged 22:50 of ice time.
The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Ross appeared in 214 career WHL games with Regina and Kamloops, collecting 22-80-102 and 242 PIM. He also registered 1-8-9 and 26 PIM in 20 career WHL playoff games.