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Matthias and Ellerby Invited to Canada's National Junior Selection Camp

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. –  Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced today that Panthers prospects C Shawn Matthias and D Keaton Ellerby have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Selection Camp from December 10-14, 2007 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, AB.

Matthias, 19, paces the Belleville Bulls (OHL) with 50 points (17-33-50) in 27 games played and ranks fourth among OHL scoring leaders. The Mississauga, Ontario native is averaging more than a point per game and is on pace to post career bests in goals, assists and points recorded. Matthias was selected by the Detroit Red Wings (47th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.  The Panthers acquired Matthias and a second round 2007 draft pick on Feb. 27, 2007 from Detroit in exchange for RW Todd Bertuzzi.

Ellerby, 19 was drafted by Florida with their first choice (10th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 26 games this season for both Kamloops (WHL) and Moose Jaw (WHL) recording five assists and 45 PIM. The Strathmore, Alberta native also played for Team Canada at the 2007 Canada/Russia super series.

Canada will play its first game of the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26th versus the Czech Republic at 2:00pm ET, a game that will be broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS.

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