Local trio off to national junior selection camp

Simcoe County will be well represented at Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp being held on Dec. 11-14 at Victoria, B.C.

Tecumseh native Jack Studnicka, former Barrie minor midget forward Morgan Frost and Barrie-born Alex Formenton were among the 34 players named by Hockey Canada, Dec. 3, to the selection camp roster in preparation for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships being held at Vancouver and Victoria over the holiday season.

“Our evaluation process through summer camp, the CHL season, Canada-Russia Series and now selection camp allows us to assess and assemble the top Canadian players to represent our country,” said Shawn Bullock, Hockey Canada’s director of men’s national teams. “Our final decisions will be difficult ones, but we couldn’t get more excited to gather in Victoria and begin the road to representing Canada in Vancouver.”

Studnicka, a signed second-round pick of the Boston Bruins (53 overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, has 11 goals and 21 assists with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals this season.

The six-foot-two, 175-pound forward has represented Canada before, suiting up for Canada Red at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and playing for the national team at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Championship and the 2017 World Under-18 Championship.

“It’s definitely a huge honour to have the opportunity to have to compete for a spot on the World Junior team,” the Generals captain said, on the club’s website. “I don’t think a Christmas has gone by that I have not been glued to the television watching the tournament, so it’s amazing to be included in this list of players invited to camp.”

Frost suited up for the Barrie Colts bantam triple-A team in 2013-14 and the minor midget triple-A Colts the following season, before being selected by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the fourth round (81 overall) of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.

The six-foot-185-pound centre, who was a first-round pick (27 overall) of the Philadelphia Flyers  in the 2017 NHL draft, leads the OHL in scoring this season with 19 goals and 36 assists for 55 points in 29 games.

The Aurora native has amassed 88 goals and 168 assists in 228 career regulars season games with the Greyhounds.

Formenton, who was returned to London Knights after starting this season with the Ottawa Senators, has seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in just 11 games since returning to the OHL.

A second-round pick (47 overall) of the Senators in the 2017 NHL draft, Formenton was a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning team last year at the World Junior Hockey Championships.

The six-foot-two, 165-pound forward has recorded 52 goals and 44 assists for 96 points in 124 career OHL games. He played nine games in Ottawa this season, scoring his first NHL goal.

The selection camp roster includes three goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 19 forwards. The final 22-man roster is expected to be named on Dec. 14.

Team Canada will take to the ice for three preliminary games from Dec. 19-23 and then the puck will drop on its gold-medal defence against Denmark on Dec. 26 in Vancouver.

Photo: Tecumseh native Jack Studnicka, a forward with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, was one of 34 players selected Dec. 2 to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, being held on Dec. 11-14 at Victoria, B.C. Terry Wilson/OHL Images photo

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