Continued excellent play has earned Kootenay Ice center Max Reinhart an invitation to Canada’s World Junior Championship team tryout camp.
Reinhart is currently tied for 16th in the Western Hockey League scoring race. His 12 goals and 19 assists in 23 games is also tops on the Ice’s roster. His stellar play is a big reason the well-rounded Ice remain atop the WHL standings 26 games into the season, with an 18-5-1-2 record. They are also currently four points ahead of second place Medicine Hat Tigers in the Central Division, with two games in hand.
Mark Stone of the Brandon Wheat Kings, also invited to the WJC camp, Dec. 10-14 at the WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex in Calgary, leads the WHL with 58 points in just 28 games.
Reinhart, 19, is getting his first taste of potential elite international play, having never before received an invite to a WJC tryout.
Former Ice defenseman and captain Braydon McNabb received an invite last year but failed to make the final cut.
According to Hockey Canada, of the 41 players invited, three are returning players – Quinton Howden (Oak Bank, Man./Moose Jaw, WHL), Jaden Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask./Colorado College, CCHA) and Mark Visentin (Waterdown, Ont./Niagara, OHL), who helped Canada earn the silver medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
In addition, thirty-six of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2009 or 2010 NHL Entry Drafts, including fourteen first-round selections and nine second-round picks.
“On behalf of Hockey Canada, we want to congratulate the players named to the camp roster today, along with their club teams, parents and minor hockey coaches that have helped them reach this level,” said Brad Pascall, Hockey Canada’s vice president of hockey operations/national teams. “As well, we would like to thank the Canadian Hockey League for its partnership and support of the Program of Excellence.”
Once the final roster is named at the conclusion of the selection camp on Dec. 14, Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three pre-competition games in Alberta prior to the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton.
Canada will play its first game of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, Dec. 26 against Finland.
For more go to: http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/181442/la_id/1/ss_id/56000/ .
Ian Cobb/e-KNOWTags: Canada’s World Junior ChampionshipCanadian Hockey LeagueIIHF World Junior ChampionshipKootenay IceMax ReinhartWestern Hockey League
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