Two Kelowna Rockets selected for Team Canada camp

Kelowna Rockets Rourke Chartier, left, and Madison Bowey have been invited to the Team Canada's national junior selection camp.
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KELOWNA – A pair of Kelowna Rockets will be fighting for a chance to play on Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.

Captain Madison Bowey and Rourke Chartier will be traveling to the Team Canada selection camp at the Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto. Camp starts on Dec. 11.

“Both Madison and Rourke fully deserve this opportunity,” Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton says in a media release. “Madison was at the summer camp and has had a great start to the season. Rourke wasn’t on the radar screen at all because of his age, but now with 29 goals he has earned his position at the camp.”

Fellow Rockets Nick Merkley, 17, and Tyson Baillie were under consideration, but were not selected.

Hamilton, who is also a member of the Team Canada management committee, says they are going with an older team and in Merkley’s case, “he’s going to have opportunities in the future.”

“We kept the camp to under 30 players because we are still waiting to hear on four NHL players," Hamilton adds.

The selection camp roster includes two goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards. Canada’s final roster will include 22 players, and must be finalized by Dec. 25.

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship starts Dec. 26 and with games played in Toronto and Montreal.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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