Two of Manitoba’s best young defencemen will hit the ice in Plymouth, MI. in late July, joining 41 other Canadian National Junior Team hopefuls, looking to earn spots on the team that will compete at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Czech Republic this coming December/January.
Five goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 25 forwards will be split into two different Canadian teams and compete for two goaltending, seven defensive and 13/14 forward openings. At this coming camp in late July, the invitees will face off against Team USA two times as well as Finland and Sweden.
In addition to the two Manitobans, three Western Hockey League players suiting up for Manitoba-based teams have also received invites to the week-long camp. Winnipeg ICE captain Peyton Krebs will be trying out as a forward, while Brandon Wheat Kings’ forward Luka Burzan and defenceman Braden Schneider will also be in attendance. Despite partially tearing his achilles tendon while working out with the ICE in early June, Krebs will hope to recover in time for the World Juniors, and potentially dress for Canada.
Woo, 18, just completed his third WHL season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, putting up a career-best 12 goals and 66 points in just 62 games. The Winnipeg product was dealt to the Calgary Hitmen in the offseason. In 2018, the Vancouver Canucks selected Woo 37th overall in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft.
Addison, 19, also finished his third WHL season in 2018-19, skating in 67 games for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Addison, a product of Brandon, put up identical numbers to his sophomore year with the Hurricanes, collecting 11 goals and 65 points in one less game played. The second round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins also skated in three games with the Pens’ AHL team, putting up two assists.