Team Canada’s entry in the World Under-18 Championship will need some ‘MM’agic in its quest for gold in Germany.
That is, ‘M’urphy and ‘M’cNeill.
Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy and Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill highlights Canada’s roster, unveiled Thursday. Murphy is Canada’s top-ranked prospect for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and is projected to go in the top-10 on draft day. McNeill, who is expected to centre Canada’s top line, is ranked 13th.
Murphy will be surrounded by a young, talented defense that includes potential 2011 draftees Swift Current Broncos’ Reece Scarlett and Scott Harrington of the London Knights.
Everett Silvertips standout Ryan Murry, who represented Canada at last year’s tournament as an underager, was also named to the team. Murray is a top-rated prospect for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Murray was also invited to Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp in December but was ultimately cut.
Up front, McNeill will be joined by Barrie Colts centre Mark Scheifele (ranked 22nd) and Daniel Catenacci (33rd) of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds.
Peterborough Petes goaltender Andrew D’Agostini and 2012 NHL Entry Draft eligible Malcolm Subban will mind the nets for the tournament.
In all, 14 players from the Ontario Hockey League, six from the Western Hockey League and two from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League were selected.
Canada last won gold at the tournament in 2008 and finished seventh at last year’s tournament in Belarus. Canada’s roster is comprised of Canadian Hockey League players born in 1993 or later who are no longer participating in their respective league’s playoffs.
View Canada’s complete roster here.
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