Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Angelo Esposito has been invited to take part in Canada’s Nation Junior Selection Camp.
The camp, which will help determine Team Canada’s roster for the 2008 World Junior Championship, will take place from Dec. 10-14 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary, Alberta.
Esposito, selected 20th overall at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has 34 points (16+18) in 26 games with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts so far this season. He was named to Canada’s roster for the Canada/Russia Super Series this year, but was unable to participate due to an injury. Esposito captained Team Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Finland and captained Team Canada to gold at the 2006 U18 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka in Slovakia/Czech Republic as well as a gold medal at the 2006 World Under-17 Challenge in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Esposito is one of 37 players invited to the selection camp. Of those 37 players invited, three won gold medals at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship and 22 were members of Canada’s National Junior Team which posted a 7-0-1 record in the Canada/Russia Super Series in August/September 2007 in Russia and Canada. Thirty-two of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2006 or 2007 NHL Entry Draft, including 13 first-round selections and 11 second-round selections.
Hockey Canada may add additional players prior to the opening of the selection camp on Dec. 10 in the event that any NHL teams loan Canada’s National Junior Team junior-aged eligible players currently playing in the NHL.
“Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, which includes our Under-17 and Under-18 Programs, has provided many of these players 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 37 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.”
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