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Hickey, McDonald make Team Canada for World Junior Championship

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames prospects Brandon Hickey and Mason McDonald have made Canada's roster for the 2016 World Junior Championship.

Hockey Canada released their final roster on Sunday afternoon. They will take three goaltenders, seven defencemen, and 13 forwards to Helsinki, Finland for this year's tournament.

McDonald will compete for ice time with Mackenzie Blackwood and Samuel Montebeault. Originally, Canada had only McDonald and Blackwood on their selection camp roster, guaranteeing them a spot on the team, but after Blackwood was assessed an eight-game Ontario Hockey League suspension, they added Montebeault to their roster for a bit more stability in net.

Due to the suspension, Blackwood is not eligible to play in Canada's first two games of the tournament.

McDonald, the Flames' second round pick in 2014, has a 7-10-2 record with the Charlottetown Islanders in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 19 appearances this year, he has a 3.47 GAA and a .893.

Hickey is the first collegiate player to make Canada's World Junior roster since Jaden Schwartz in 2012. The Flames' third round selection is in his sophomore season with Boston University. In 16 games this year, he has five goals, seven points, 44 shots on net, plus-four rating, and 20 PIM.

Canada opens its title defence at the World Juniors against the United States on Boxing Day.

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