CALGARY – Hockey Canada named 34 players to its selection camp roster on Monday, Dec. 3, in preparation for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver and Victoria.
Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman Calen Addison is the only Hurricane representative on the list of hopefuls, and only seven players from the Western Hockey League were named.
Addison, 18, is one of 12 defenseman that have been invited to the selection camp for Team Canada . The product of Brandon, Manitoba has recorded 28 points (4g-24a) along with 30 penalty minutes in 27 games this season for the Hurricanes.
The 5’10, 180-pound defenseman was selected in the second round, 53rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Entry Draft in June after a career-high 65 points (11g-54a) in 68 games last season.
Addison attended the Hockey Canada Summer Showcase in Kamloops in August and was a member of Team WHL for the CIBC Canada Russia Series in November appearing in both games for the WHL as well.
The third-year defenseman is the first Hurricane to attend the World Junior selection camp since Zach Boychuk in 2009. He will join Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio at the selection camp which will begin on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Victoria, B.C.
The roster also includes two 2019 draft-eligible players. Prince Albert Raiders forward Brett Leason has gone undrafted the last two years and is currently leading the WHL in scoring with 60 points in 27 games.
33 other players are vying for the 23 final roster spots, and two players from members of Canada’s gold-medal winning 2018 squad will be returning in forwards Maxime Comtois and Alex Formenton.
The tournament will begin on Boxing Day in Victoria and Vancouver.
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