Hockey Canada announced Monday morning that Dallas Stars prospect Jamie Oleksiak
, who currently plays for the Saginaw Spirit in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), has been selected to participate in this year’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp.
The camp, which is scheduled to take place from Dec. 10-14 in Calgary, Alberta, includes 41 of the country’s top-junior aged hockey players (born 1992 or later). Of the 41 players invited to the camp, 22 will be selected to play for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships, which begins on Dec. 26 in Calgary.
“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 Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice president of hockey operations/national teams. “As well, we would like to thank the Canadian Hockey League for its partnership and support of the Program of Excellence.”
Oleksiak is looking to play in his first international competition as a member of Team Canada. The 6-7, 244-pound defenseman was Dallas’ first-round selection (14th overall) at this year’s NHL Entry Draft.
After a strong showing with Northeastern University last year, he has had an equally strong season for the Saginaw Spirit in 2011-12, ranking second among defensemen in scoring with six goals, and four assists in 26 games.
If he is selected to play for Team Canada, Oleksiak will join a program that has had unparalleled success this past decade. Canada has earned a medal at the World Junior Championships for 13 consecutive years, including gold medal championships in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009.
The final 22-man roster for Team Canada will be announced on Dec. 14, 2011 with the competition taking place from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Calgary.