Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced Wednesday that Toronto Maple Leafs’ first round draft choice Nazem Kadri
is one of 22 players that will make up Canada’s National Junior Team for the upcoming 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan, fro
m December 26, 2009 – January 5, 2010. In addition, 2009 draftees Kenny Ryan
of the Windsor Spitfires and Jerry D’Amigo of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) are at the final Team USA junior camp at this time.
“Our entire organization is very pleased with the news of these selections to their respective teams,” said Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke. “All three have worked very hard for this opportunity to represent their country and this tournament is an extremely valuable experience for a young player.”
Kadri, 19, was the Maple Leafs first round selection, seventh overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The native of London, Ontario leads the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League with 20 goals, six powerplay goals and 38 points in 28 games while posting a plus 13 mark.
Ryan, 18, was chosen in the second round, 50th overall, in this past June’s NHL Entry Draft. The right-winger from Franklin Village, Michigan has five goals and 10 assists in 21 games for the Spitfires this season.
D’Amigo, 18, was selected in the sixth round, 158th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The forward from Binghamton, New York has recorded five goals and nine assists in 18 games for RPI of ECAC Hockey.