|Jordan Eberle surveys his surroundings after putting on an Oilers jersey for the first time. Sam Gagner (right) looks on. |
Edmonton Oilers’ prospects Jordan Eberle
and Riley Nash are two of the 38 players invited by Hockey Canada to take part in Canada’s National Junior Selection Camp from December 11th
, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario.
Eberle, the Oilers first choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, is enjoying an outstanding season with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. The 5’10”, 181 pound forward is currently sixth in the WHL scoring race with 20-19-39 in 30 games for the Pats and is among the WHL leaders in both goals (2nd) and assists (20th). A member of the WHL East Division first all-star team in 2007-08, Eberle scored 4-6-10 in seven games for Team Canada at the 2008 World U-18 championship.
One of four NCAA players invited to the selection camp, Nash is currently in his second season with Cornell University and has scored three goals and five points in eight games with the Big Red in 2008-09. Edmonton’s third choice in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the 6’1”, 176 pound native of Consort, Alberta will be making his first appearance at the junior selection camp.
Of the 38 players invited, four won gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Thirty-one of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft, including thirteen 1st round selections and eight 2nd round selections.
Hockey Canada may add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on December 11th, in the event that any NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.
|Oilers prospect Riley Nash |
“On behalf of Hockey Canada, I would like to congratulate the players named today, along with their club teams, their parents and all the minor hockey coaches and officials who helped them along with the way,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s senior director of men’s national teams. “I would also like to make special note of the great partnership that Hockey Canada has with the Canadian Hockey League, which is essential to the success of the Program of Excellence.”
“Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which includes our Under-17 and Under-18 Programs, has provided many of these players with the preparation and experience for to deal with the rigors of the upcoming World Juniors and high paced international competition,” said Al Murray, Head Scout for Canada’s National Men’s Teams. “The quality and skill of the 38 players invited to the camp next week is a testament of the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey system.”
SELECTION CAMP INFORMATION
Players and staff will travel to Ottawa on Thursday, December 11th, and will take to the ice that same evening at the SBP Arena in Ottawa (view the full game schedule at www.hockeycanada.ca).
Intersquad game schedule (All games to be played at 6pm EST)
Friday, December 12 Red vs. White Intrasquad Game SBP Arena (Ottawa)
Tickets for sale at www.capitaltickets.ca
Saturday, December 13 Red vs, White Intersquad Game Robert-Guertin Arena (Gatineau)
Tickets available at the door
Sunday, December 14 Game to be confirmed SBP Arena
Canada will play its first game of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26th versus the Czech Republic, a game that will be broadcast live by TSN/RDS and on the FAN radio network.
The Edmonton Oilers 30th Anniversary Season is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Bell, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial and Ford.