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Nemisz makes Team Canada

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Greg Nemisz has plenty of memories of the World Junior Hockey Championships. Now he is going to create some memories of his own.


The Calgary Flames prospect, a first round pick in 2008, was named to Team Canada's 22-man roster early Wednesday morning.

The Calgary Hitmen, the Western Hockey League team owned and operated by the Calgary Flames, will also be represented on Team Canada as forward Brandon Kozun and goalie Martin Jones were selected on Wednesday.

Nemisz, who helped lead the Windsor Spitfires to the Memorial Cup last spring, had a terrific selection camp, with five points in three games. He played alongside junior teammates Taylor Hall and Adam Henrique in one intra-squad game and the threesome tore it up. They are also tearing up the OHL as Hall, Henrique and Nemisz sit one-two-three in scoring in Ontario Hockey League.

The Flames also have players on European teams. Finnish goaltender Joni Ortio will play for his country and Tim Erixon, a defenceman chosen in the first round last summer, will play for Sweden.

"It's a dream for all of us to play in this tournament," Nemisz said in an interview with CanWest News prior to the juniors playing an all-star university squad on Tuesday night. "We've all grown up watching it. It's always exciting whenever you wear your country's colours against another country's best. It's not hard to get pumped up for those games."

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