Monday, December 05, 2005

The 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships

With this year's tournament taking place, at least in part, in my old backyard (literally), there's no question I'll be following all things WJC on my site.

I'll be attending almost every game in Kamloops, as the tournament coincides with my Christmas trip home, and from there I'll post news and notes from the site. The first game in 'The 'Loops' is an exhibition contest between Canada and Russia on Dec. 22.

Today, the Canadian team announced its list of 34 players invited to the team's selection camp from Dec. 11 to 16 in Vancouver.

Last year's gold-medal squad heavily borrowed from the rough-and-tumble WHL, and this year is no different with 12 invitees — nine of which are goaltenders or defencemen — coming from the west. The remaining players break down as follows: 10 from the OHL, seven from the QMJHL and the last five coming from the U.S. collegiate ranks.

Canadian head coach Brent Sutter, the coach/GM/owner of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels, likes his teams big and fast, and he's certainly loaded up on the former. The average player at the camp is 6 foot 1 and 192 pounds, not bad for kids that are anywhere from 16 to 19 years old.



At 12:29 a.m., December 06, 2005, Blogger The Hack said...

If the Western Seperatists ever get truly motivated and bail on the country, a silver lining may by that unlike Gilles Duceppes' team, we'd probably still be able to ice a top-ranked team with good depth at all positions.

At 1:29 p.m., December 06, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leaving Wolski and Ryder off even the training camp roster? Ridiculous. If Canada struggles to score at this year's tournament, Sutter will never hear the end of this.


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