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Early preparations for World Junior Championships underway

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers prospects are back on the ice yet again this summer, but this time representing their country as evaluation camps are underway for the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships. Six Flyers in total are participating in the week-long camp that includes 10 international competitions between Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States.

The USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp hosts the event through Sunday, Aug. 7 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. Players on the US Team will audition for a spot on the squad that will take part in the annual World Junior Championship.

For the US, sixth round pick (169th overall) in this year's draft, Tanner Laczynski, is one of 42 players invited to participate in camp. He has previous international experience playing for the US in the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament and Under-19 teams.

Team Canada has 41 players attending camp, including goaltender Carter Hart, defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Travis Konecny.

Hart, the reigning CHL goaltender of the year, is viewed by many to have a good chance to lead Canada in net in the upcoming tournament over the winter holiday season.

Myers would be playing in his first tournament should he be selected, while Konecny would be appearing in his second World Juniors for Canada after recording two points (1g-1a) in five games in 2016.

Returning for Sweden is goaltending prospect Felix Sandstrom, who appeared in two games in last year's World Juniors held in Finland, including the bronze medal contest. Joining him is David Bernhardt, the defenseman who was taken in the seventh round (199th overall) this year.

This season's World Championship is slated to start on December 26, 2016 and run through January 5, 2017, in Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

Last year, the Flyers had a team record seven players participate in the tournament with Ivan Provorov and Radel Fazleev taking home silver medals with Russia.

Below is a schedule for exhibition games during camp. Stay tuned to PhiladelphiaFlyers.com for updates throughout.

SCHEDULE

July 31:
USA White 3 vs Sweden 6
USA Blue 8 vs Finland 1*
*After falling behind 1-0, the US rattled off eight straight to earn a victory to open the tournament. Tanner Laczynski earned an assist in the game.

Aug. 1:
USA Blue vs Sweden, 1 p.m.
USA White vs Finland, 4 p.m.

Aug. 3:
Canada vs Finland, 1 p.m.
USA vs Sweden, 4 p.m.

Aug. 5:
Sweden vs Canada, 1 p.m.
Finland vs USA, 4 p.m.

Aug. 6:
Sweden vs Finland, 4 p.m.
USA vs Canada, 7 p.m.

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