LOS ANGELES ? Three Los Angeles Kings prospects ? goaltender Jonathan Bernier
, defenseman Thomas Hickey
and forward Wayne Simmonds ? were named to the camp roster of 37 players for Canada?s World Junior selection camp, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced today. Canada?s National Junior Selections Camp runs from December 10-14 in Calgary and features 37 of Canada?s best junior-aged hockey players (born in 1988 or later).
Bernier, 19, was the Kings? first-round selection (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior League after starting the season with the Kings. Bernier was invited to the Camp last year and he also played for Team Canada at the 2007 Super Series featuring the best young players from both Canada and Russia competing in an eight-game series hosted by both countries. Bernier, a native of Laval, Quebec, went 2-0-1 with one shutout in his three Super Series appearances while finishing with a save-percentage of .945.
Hickey, 18, was the Kings? first-round selection (4th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for Seattle of the Western Hockey League. Like Bernier, Hickey also played for Team Canada at the recent Super Series, where he had four assists in eight games. Hickey, a native of Calgary, leads all Seattle defensemen and ranks second overall on his club in scoring.
Simmonds, 19, was the Kings? second-round selection (61st overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League, where he is the team leader in goals, assists and points. Simmonds is a native of Scarborough, Ontario.
Canada will play its first game of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship on December 26 versus the Czech Republic. For more information on the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, or Canada?s National Junior Team, visit Hockey Canada?s official website www.hockeycanada.ca.