Tuesday, December 15, 2009

National Junior Team Selection Camp Update...

Prior to selection camp on Dec. 9, I spoke with Al Murray, Hockey Canada's Head Scout.

I asked him about the current group of players in the National Hockey League who are eligible for the National Junior Team. That list includes Tyler Myers (Buffalo Sabres), John Tavares (New York Islanders), Matt Duschene and Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche). Luke Schenn (Toronto Maple Leafs), who celebrated his 20th birthday on Nov. 2, is too old now and is no longer eligible.

The only current NHLer made available to Team Canada was Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues.

Murray, a Regina resident, also lent some interesting perspectives on the relationship between the CHL teams and Hockey Canada, and the history of the Program of Excellence.

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