Moose Jaw Warriors Justin Almeida, Josh Brook, and Jett Woo have received invitations to Hockey Canada’s upcoming Sport Chek World Junior Summer Showcase.
“Congratulations to Josh, Justin, and Jett on their invite to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Camp in Kamloops this July,” said Warriors General Manager Alan Millar.
“All three players have worked very hard to earn this special opportunity to compete for a roster spot on our U-20 team this Christmas,” Millar added. “Playing in the World Junior Championships for your country is a goal of all young hockey players and we wish Josh, Justin, and Jett good luck as they pursue this goal starting in Kamloops.”
Almeida finished last season with 43 goals, 55 assists, and 98 points and was third in Warriors scoring and finished 10th in WHL scoring. During his time with the Warriors Justin has played in 105 games and has 50 goals, 63 assists, and 113 points. He was drafted 5th overall at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and in three years in the WHL he has 56 goals, 76 assists, and 132 points in 192 games with Moose Jaw and Prince George. At the 2018 NHL Entry Draft he was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 5th round, 129th overall.
Brook finished last season with three goals, 29 assists, and 32 points and was a +48 in 45 games. Josh was drafted 4th overall at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft and in three years in the WHL he has 15 goals, 67 assists, and 82 points in 145 games.
Brook played for Canada Red at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and had three goals in six games. He was a member of Canada’s 2017 Under-18 Championship team where he had two assists in five games and he was selected to Canada’s roster for the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round, 56th overall, at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Woo had nine goals, 16 assists, 25 points and was a +29 in 44 games last season with the Warriors. Jett was drafted 4th overall at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and in two years in the WHL he has 14 goals, 34 assists, and 48 points in 116 games. At the 2018 NHL Entry Draft he was selected in the 2nd round, 37th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks.
At the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Woo was a member of Canada White and had one goal and four points in six games. He was selected to play for Canada at the 2017 World Under-18 Championships and had one goal and two points in five games. He played for Canada at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup where he captured a gold medal.
In total 40 players will attend the camp with 11 of them playing last season in the Western Hockey League.
The Warriors are just one of two teams in the Canadian Hockey League that will have three players attending Hockey Canada’s Sport Chek World Junior Showcase in Kamloops July 28 to August 4.
Joining Woo, Brook, and Almeida at Hockey Canada’s Summer Camp is Warriors Head Coach Tim Hunter who will be Canada’s Head Coach at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
Hunter was an Assistant Coach with Canada as the previous two World Juniors where he captured a silver medal in 2017 and a gold medal in 2018.
Hunter has been Head Coach for the Warriors since 2014 and in 265 games on the bench he has a record of 145-94-19-5. He ranks 1st on the franchise’s all-time win list and is 3rd all-time in games coached.
Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States will take part in the event which will feature 11 games in total and will be used by the teams to develop and evaluate prospective players as they prepare for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver and Victoria later this year.
Click here to see Canada’s 2018 Sport Chek World Junior Showcase roster