The University of Michigan will not release defenceman Owen Power to participate in the Canadian junior men’s hockey team selection camp.
Hockey Canada confirmed Tuesday that despite “ongoing discussions” with Michigan, the 17-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., will not attend camp Nov. 16 to Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alta.
The 2021 world men’s under-20 championship is scheduled for Dec. 25 to Jan. 5 in Edmonton. Canada is the defending champion.
Power was among 14 defencemen invited to selection camp.
“We understand this year’s World Juniors and selection camp are unique, but we believe the chance to represent Canada is a tremendous opportunity for any young player,” said senior vice-president of national teams Scott Salmond in a statement.
“Although we are disappointed Owen will not be able to join our team at camp, we understand and respect the decision made by the University of Michigan.”
Power, a six-foot-five, 214-pound blueliner, is a Wolverines freshman eligible for the 2021 NHL entry draft.
Michigan opens the season Saturday at home against Arizona State.
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