Moose Jaw Warriors Captain Brett Howden was one of 13 players from the Western Hockey League to receive an invitation to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp.
Howden is currently in his fourth season with the Warriors and has 11 goals, 16 assists, and 27 points in 18 games this season. He has played in 217 games with the Warriors since 2014 and had 96 goals, 123 assists, and 219 points.
This will Howden’s second time attending Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp, he attended last year’s camp and was one of the final cuts made by the management group. He’s previously played for Canada twice at the World Under-18 Hockey Championships (2015 & 2016), he was Captain of Canada’s 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup gold medal team in 2015, and also played at the 2014 (November) World Under-17 Hockey Championships.
Howden joins Warriors Head Coach Tim Hunter who was previously announced as an Assistant Coach for Canada earlier this year. This will mark the second time that Hunter will be on the bench with Canada at the World Juniors, he was a part of the team last year that brought home a silver medal.
In total 32 players were invited to Canada’s camp which includes four goaltenders, 10 defenceman, and 18 forwards. The process of evaluating and selecting the players was led by Brad McEwen, Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with Joel Bouchard from the Program of Excellence management group.
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Meridian Centre, the home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara Ice Dogs, and feature a trio of games – two against a U SPORTS team on Dec. 13 and 14, and a game against Denmark on Dec. 15.
Following the four-day camp, Canada will pare down its roster to the final group of 22 players that will proudly wear the Canadian jersey in Buffalo, Dec. 26-Jan. 5, as they seek to win the nation’s 16th World Juniors gold medal.
Canada opens the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York on Boxing Day against Finland.