Only three players from Canada’s heartbreaking World Junior Championship loss in Buffalo were named to Canada’s selection camp roster for the 2012 tournament in Alberta.
And perhaps it is for the better.
Goaltender Mark Visentin, who allowed five goals in the third period in a stunning Russian upset in the gold medal game, along with forwards Quinton Howden and Jaden Schwartz are the sole returnees from the 2011 tournament in Buffalo.
That’s not to say the team will be inexperienced on the international stage, though. The selection camp roster of 41 boasts 31 players who have been a part of Hockey Canada’s ‘Program of Excellence’, skating in one or both of the World Under-17 Challenge and World Under-18 Championship.
The team could see some draft eligible talent as well.
Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain, is a strong candidate to represent Canada at the tournament. Murray was a standout at Canada’s summer development camp and one of the last cut from the 2011 team.
Murray will be joined by Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67’s. Ceci skated alongside Murray in the summer development camp.
Both will see competition from Red Deer Rebels defenseman Mathew Dumba, who is the youngest player in camp and the only player born in 1994. Dumba captained Canada’s entry at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament while both Ceci and Murray skated in Edmonton.
To view Canada’s selection camp roster, please click here.