San Jose Sharks prospect forwards Freddie Hamilton
and Michael Sgarbossa are among 46 players who’ve been invited to attend this year’s Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp.
The camp, which will run from Aug. 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta, is the first step in helping Hockey Canada identify the 22 players for the national team that will participate in the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship. The annual tournament will be held from Dec. 26, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton.
The 19-year-old Hamilton, San Jose’s fifth round (129th overall pick) in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, was second on Niagara (Ontario Hockey League) this season in goals (38), assists (45) and points (83 – which was amongst the OHL’s top-20). The 6-foot-1, 190-pound center also scored 14 points (four goals) in 14 OHL playoff games. Hamilton was signed to an entry-level contract on May 27.
Sgarbossa, 18, was signed as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 20. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound center split the past season with Saginaw and Sudbury of the OHL. Sgarbossa finished 21st among OHL scoring leaders with 82 points (36 goals and 46 assists) in 63 games. He was named the OHL’s player of the month for March after scoring 27 points in 13 games and recording a plus-15.
Among the invitees to this camp, 22 were selected by National Hockey League clubs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and 20 are 2011 NHL Entry Draft eligible.