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WCJ: The 30 players invited to the Team Canada camp
Hockey Canada has announced the 30 players invited to its selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Championship.

The group includes four goalkeepers, ten defensemen and sixteen forwards, including Canadian prospect Owen Beck.

It’s interesting to note that eight of the thirty players invited to the camp are from QMJHL teams.

We’re talking about Mathis Rousseau, Samuel St-Hilaire, Tristan Luneau, Noah Warren, Maveric Lamoureux, Jack Furlong, Jordan Dumais and Markus Vidicek.

Luneau is the only player on the guest list who has been loaned out by an NHL club.

Owen Beck is the only veteran in the line-up, and his experience means he’ll have a big role to play in the tournament.

Remember that the CH prospect played three games with Team Canada last winter, after being urgently recalled due to Colton Dach’s injury.

It’s also worth noting that Macklin Celebrini is the youngest player in the group… And he’s the only 17-year-old invited to the camp.

Celebrini is off to a strong start at Boston University (with Lane Hutson): he scored 25 points in his first 15 games of the season as a freshman.

That’s excellent.

This will be a great opportunity for Jordan Dumais to prove to management that they made a mistake by not selecting him last winter.

His place in the line-up is virtually guaranteed, as Dumais dominated the race for top scorer last season with 140 points in 64 games… And the Blue Jackets prospect is just as good this year, with 42 points in just 19 short games.

He should also play an important role in the Canadian line-up.

Quebecers Mathis Rousseau, Samuel St-Hilaire, Tristan Luneau, Noah Warren and Maveric Lamoureux will also be worth keeping an eye on. The World Junior Championship is always exciting because it gives us a chance to cheer on our local guys… And there’s always a lot of pride when one or more Quebecers are part of the squad at the tournament.

I hope they do, because it’s a great experience.

In gusto

– Wow!

– Bravo.

– Special, though.

– It’s a shame. He was just getting back into the game.

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