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Thrilled for invite to Hockey Canada Junior camp

by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
We are pretty close to half way through the season now and our team, the Red Deer Rebels are sitting second in our conference and first in our division with a record of 20-7-3 with 2 shootout losses. We definitely are happy with the way things are going right now and we want to keep it going like this. Personally, in the 30 games so far I have 8 goals and 32 assists for 40 points. I am pretty happy with how things are going personally and with the team. Me and my two linemates are really starting to find good chemistry with each other. I am playing with Andre Kudrna, and John Persson.

The team had a really good weekend, beating the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday, and the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. Brandon had just got Brayden Schenn back so they had a boost on their team and it was good to play against him.

After my Friday night game against Kelowna I will be heading to Toronto for the Canadian National Junior camp. When i first got news that I was invited to the camp I was extremely excited, to say the least. It was very hard to fall asleep that night. Getting invited to the camp is a huge honour for me. I have watched the World Juniors ever since I can remember and getting the chance to make the team is really exciting and special to me. I'm preparing as much as I can to get ready for the camp and hopefully I am able to crack the roster.

Also, being ranked the top WHL player for the upcoming draft by Central Scouting is another big honour for me. All of this stuff that is happening is really surreal for me and my family. We never really expected all this to happen, but we really enjoy it and embrace it.

Away from the rink, I still like to be a kid and have fun hanging out with the guys on the team. A lot of the time its just playing video games, but its good to just relax and hang out. I am yet to go to the out door rinks this year but I definitely think I will be getting out there sometime soon. I feel its necessary to take advantage of it while I am in Red Deer since we really dont have any in Vancouver.
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