Local players ready to represent at World Junior Championship

Curtis Lazar of Vernon is the captain of Team Canada for the 2015 World Junior Championship.
Image Credit: Hockey Canada

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Four members of Team Canada will be doing their best to represent local hockey at the World Junior Championship in Ontario and Quebec as the tournament officially gets underway on Boxing Day.

Ottawa Senator Curtis Lazar, of Vernon, is one of only two current National Hockey League players on the team and was named team captain earlier this week. Joe Hicketts of Kamloops, currently playing for the Victoria Royals and two Kelowna Rockets players — Madison Bowey and Josh Morrisey — are also on the team.

During the pre-tournament games Team Canada went 2-1 after losing to Russia in overtime on Dec. 19 and beating Sweden 5-2 on Dec. 21 and Switzerland 6-0 on Tuesday. Morrisey had four points across those three games while Hicketts tallied two points against Sweden.

In preliminary round action, Team Canada will host Slovakia on Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. PST and then will take on Germany the next day, also at 5 p.m. PST. On Monday the team takes on Finland before hosting the United States (1 p.m. PST) in the annual year-end showdown on Dec. 31.

Quarter-final play begins Friday, Jan. 2 with the bronze and gold medal games scheduled for Monday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. PST.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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