Rockets players, Kamloops native among players invited to Canadian Junior Team selection camp

Nick Merkley.
Image Credit: Kelowna Rockets

Calgary - Hockey Canada revealed the names of the 30 players invited to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp at a press conference this week, of which 10 currently play in the Western Hockey League.

Both Joe Hicketts (Kamloops / Victoria Royals) and Brayden Point (Calgary / Moose Jaw Warriors) return to camp this year after helping Team Canada to a gold medal one year ago.

Both the Kelowna Rockets and Brandon Wheat Kings, the two teams that met in the 2015 WHL Championship Series, will send a pair of players to the selection camp. Rourke Chartier and Nick Merkley will represent the Rockets.

Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp will run from Dec. 10 to 14 at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont., ahead of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship which begins on Dec. 26 in Helsinki, Finland. Team Canada will finalize its 22-man roster on Dec. 20.

Canada won gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship on home ice in January. The team has not won in Europe since 2008 — the fourth of five consecutive gold medals for Canada’s National Junior Team from 2005 through 2009.

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