6 Manitobans invited to World Junior summer camp

Cody Glass (centre) poses for a picture with Las Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee and assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon after being chosen sixth overall at the 2017 NHL Draft. Dave Sandford / Getty Images

Six Manitobans were among the 40 players invited to the World Junior Showcase in Kamloops later this month. The summer competition is the first step for the country’s top junior players to represent Canada at the 2019 World Junior Championship.

Winnipeg’s Jett Woo, Cody Glass and Stelio Mattheos, along with Brandon’s Calen Addison, Roblin’s Josh Brook and The Pas’ Connor Dewar were all chosen for the camp.

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Woo, 17, was just selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the second round of the NHL Draft. He had nine goals and 16 assists in 44 games with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors last season.

Glass, 19, scored 37 goals with 65 assists for the Portland Winterhawks last season. He was taken sixth overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft.

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Mattheos, 19, is a draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes chose the right winger in the third round, 73rd overall in 2017. He racked up 43 goals with 47 assists for the Brandon Wheat Kings last season.

Addison, 18, is a defenceman for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Pittsburgh Penguins made him their second round selection in the recent NHL Draft after he scored 11 goals with 54 assists in 68 WHL games.

Brook, 19, appeared in 45 games for the Warriors last season. The blueliner had three goals and 29 assists. He was a second round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2017.

Dewar, 19, is a member of the Everett Silvertips. The Minnesota Wild third round draft pick notched 38 goals in 68 games last season.

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Four goalies, 12 defenceman and 24 forwards will take part in the 8-day showcase. Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United States will combine to play 11 games from July 31 through to August 4.

“The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase gives us an excellent opportunity to begin the evaluation process and for the staff to familiarize themselves with the players before the new season kicks off,” head scout for Hockey Canada Brad McEwen said in a media release.

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“We also get to see the players in competition against the teams who will be returning to Vancouver and Victoria this December. It’s a unique opportunity, and we’re looking forward to making the most of it as we kick off our journey to the 2019 World Juniors later this month.”

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship will be played in Vancouver and Victoria beginning on December 26.

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