With original selectees Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds), Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Noah Dobson (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies), Cole Fonstad (Prince Albert Raiders), Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads) and Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs) all unable to participate in camp, Hockey Canada announced the addition of two replacement players, defenceman Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes) and forward Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting).
Five goaltenders, 11 defencemen and 22 forwards will gather in Plymouth, Michigan for the National Junior camp this weekend, which is being held from Saturday, July 27th for one full week through Saturday, August 3rd. Following camp, Hockey Canada will follow along with each invitee throughout the opening three months of their upcoming 2019-20 seasons in preparation for the National Junior Team Selection Camp in mid-December.
Chisholm is a 19-year-old product of Bowmanville, ON., who was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound blueliner spent the past three seasons with Peterborough, picking up nine goals and 73 points in 155 regular season OHL games, including a phenomenal 2018-19 season that saw Chlsholm put up five goals and 48 points in 67 regular season contests, before adding another two goals and four points in five playoff games.
The left-shooting rearguard will promptly join Rees and the 37 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. At this weekend’s camp, the invitees will face off against Team USA two times as well as Finland and Sweden.
Included within the 37 other invitees are Manitoban blueliners Jett Woo (Calgary Hitmen) and Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes). 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.