Buffalo Sabres prospect Daniel Catenacci is one of 37 players that have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Team Canada’s camp will take place December 11-13 in Calgary.
Catenacci, drafted in the third round (77th overall) of the 2011 Entry Draft, leads the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack in scoring – and is eighth overall in the OHL – with 17 goals and 43 points through 29 games. The 19-year-old center has 15 multi-point games this season, including a five-point outing (1+4) on November 10 against Sault Ste. Marie. The five-foot-10 Catenacci tops the Attack with 53 penalty minutes and is among the team’s plus/minus leaders at plus-17. Catenacci also played for Team OHL in Game Four of the Subway Super Series on November 12, as they edged Team Russia 2-1.
This isn’t the first time Catenacci has been invited to represent Canada on the international stage. In 2011 he was part of Canada’s Under-18 team that finished fourth in the U-18 World Championships in Germany. Catenacci finished that tournament with two assists and a team-leading 22 PIM’s in seven games.
Of the 37 players invited to Canada’s selection camp, six are returning players – Dougie Hamilton (Niagara, OHL), Scott Harrington (London, OHL), Jonathan Huberdeau (Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Niagara, OHL) helped Canada earn a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta. A seventh potential returning player, Ryan Murray (Everett, WHL), is unavailable due to an injury.
In total, 31 of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2011 or 2012 NHL Entry Drafts, including 13 first-round selections and eight second-round picks.
“On behalf of Hockey Canada, we want to congratulate the players named to the camp roster today, along with their club teams, parents and minor hockey coaches that have helped them reach this level,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior director of hockey operations/national teams.
“Thanks to Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, many of these players have already received the experience necessary to deal with high-paced international competition such as the World Juniors,” said Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence. “The quality and skill of the 37 players invited to camp next week is a testament to the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey systems.”
Prendergast travelled coast to coast during the early months of the 2012-13 season, assessing players in preparation for the selection camp.
“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League, I would like to congratulate all players who have been named to the selection camp roster,” said David Branch, president of the CHL. “This is a tremendous honour, and all have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today.”