Niagara-born defenceman named to Canada's selection camp

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

They'll all be trying to earn a spot on the team set to represent Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, which begins on December 26 in Buffalo.

There will be 11 NHL first-round picks at selection camp, including five from the 2017 NHL Draft: defensemen Cale Makar (No. 5, Colorado Avalanche), and Callan Foote (No. 14, Tampa Bay Lightning), and forwards Cody Glass (No. 6, Vegas Golden Knights), Nick Suzuki (No. 13, Golden Knights) and Robert Thomas (No. 20, St. Louis Blues).

Tigers defenceman David Quenneville, at one point speculated to receive an invite to the camp, was not on the final list of invited players.

Conor Timmins of Thorold was one of 32 players named to Hockey Canada's national junior team selection camp, which will take place in St. Catharines Dec. 12 to 15. "With a talent pool as deep as we have in this country, we believe the 22 players eventually selected from camp will give us the best chance at bringing home a gold medal".

The defenceman, who now plays for the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League, will travel to St. Catharines, Ont. Dec. 12-15.

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Defenceman Conor Timmins and winger Boris Katchouk will be part of a group of talented players at the four-day camp, which begins December 12 in St. Catharines.

Former Rebel defenceman Josh Mahura also got the call for the selection camp, he has eight goals and 15 assists in 25 games this season with the Regina Pats.

The Sylvan Lake Sniper is getting a shot at playing for Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship.

That leaves 16 spots available as Hockey Canada will reduce the roster down to 23 players.

Both Canada East and West will hit the ice Sunday, Dec. 10, with Canada West playing Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. and Canada East playing Russian Federation at 7:30 p.m.at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre.

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