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Three Edmonton Oilers prospects invited to Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
(left to right): Olivier Roy, Philippe Cornet and Jordan Eberle.

Three Edmonton Oilers prospects have been asked to take part in Canada’s National Junior selection camp from December 12-16, 2009 in Regina, Sask. They are Philippe Cornet, Jordan Eberle and Olivier Roy.

Cornet, 19, plays for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL and was the Oilers' 5th round draft pick in 2008. Eberle, 19, is a Regina Pat and was drafted in the 1st round by the Oilers in 2008. Goaltender Olivier Roy, 18, is a member of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and was taken by Edmonton in the fifth round in 2009.

Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Wednesday that 36 of Canada’s top junior-aged hockey players (born in 1990 or later) have been invited .

Of the 36 players invited, seven are returning players – having won gold medals at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa. Thirty-one of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2008 or 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including fourteen first-round selections and six second-round picks.

Hockey Canada may still add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 12, in the event that any other NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.

Players and staff will travel to Regina on Saturday, December 12. There will be two red-white intrasquad games and one game against a team comprised of CIS players from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina.

Once the team is named at the conclusion of the selection camp in Regina, Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three exhibition games prior to the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Canada will play its first game of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 versus Latvia, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network (check local listings).

Canada has medaled at eleven straight IIHF World Junior Championships including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.
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