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Koekkoek in for Pelech on Canada WJC camp roster

by Adam Kimelman

Hockey Canada on Monday announced defenseman Slater Koekkoek has been added to the team's summer junior development camp.

The camp will run Aug. 3-10, with the first two days held in Brossard, Quebec. The final five days will be spent in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the team will practice and play exhibition games against teams from the United States, Sweden and Finland as part of USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The summer camp is the first step in filling out the roster that will play for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden. Canada finished fourth at last year's tournament, the first time since 1998 that Canada failed to win a medal at the elite under-20 international tournament.

Koekkoek, selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 10th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, had 29 points in 42 total games last season split between the Peterborough Petes and Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

He replaces Erie Otters defenseman and New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech, who had to withdraw from the camp due to an injury.

Brent Sutter, who coached Canada to gold medals at the 2005 and 2006 tournaments, will coach this year's team.

*Jonathan Drouin, Halifax, QMJHL (Tampa Bay)  Max Domi, London, OHL (Phoenix) Brendan Gaunce, Belleville, OHL (Vancouver)
Frederik Gauthier, Rimouski, QMJHL (Toronto) Felix Girard, Baie-Comeau, QMJHL (Nashville) Bo Horvat, London, OHL
Charles Hudon, Chicoutimi, QMJHL (Montreal)  Mark Jankowski, Providence, HE (Calgary) Scott Laughton, Oshawa, OHL (Philadelphia)
Curtis Lazar, Edmonton, WHL (Ottawa) Brendan Leipsic, Portland, WHL (Nashville) Anthony Mantha, Val-d'Or, QMJHL (Detroit)
Connor McDavid, Erie, OHL (2015 NHL Draft eligible) *Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax, QMJHL (Colorado) Sean Monahan, Ottawa, OHL
 Nicolas Petan, Portland, WHL (Winnipeg) Emile Poirier, Gatineau, QMJHL (Calgary) Sam Reinhart, Kootenay, WHL (2014 NHL Draft eligible)
Ryan Rupert, London, OHL (Toronto) Kerby Rychel, Windsor, OHL (Columbus) Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat, WHL (Vancouver)
Tom Wilson, Plymouth, OHL (Washington)
Mathew Dumba, Red Deer, WHL (Minnesota)  Matthew Finn, Guelph, OHL (Toronto) Dillon Heatherington, Swift Current, WHL (Columbus)
Slater Koekkoek, Windsor, OHL (Tampa Bay) Michael Matheson, Boston College, HE (Florida) Joshua Morrissey, Prince Albert, WHL (Winnipeg)
Darnell Nurse, Sault Ste. Marie, OHL (Edmonton) Derrick Pouliot, Portland, WHL (Pittsburgh) Ryan Pulock, Brandon, WHL (N.Y. Islanders)
*Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton, WHL (N.Y. Islanders) *Morgan Rielly, Moose Jaw, WHL (Toronto) Damon Severson, Kelowna, WHL (New Jersey)
Eric Comrie, Tri-City, WHL (Winnipeg) Zachary Fucale, Halifax, QMJHL (Montreal) Jake Paterson, Saginaw, OHL

*- only taking part in first two days of camp


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