By Carter Brooks
Photo by Ben Ludeman
Three Manitobans have accepted the call to the Canadian selection camp for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
Along with 31 others, Winnipeg's Cody Glass (Vegas), Roblin's Josh Brook (Montreal) and Brandon's Calen Addison (Pittsburgh) will travel to Victoria, B.C. for a week-long evaluation camp in mid-December, upon their selection to the 34-man preliminary roster. The camp will feature three games against the Canadian U-Sports All-Stars on December 12th, 13th and 14th.
This announcement means that Brandon Wheat Kings' captain Stelio Mattheos will not be leaving the team to tryout for the Canadian squad - certainly a dose of bad news for the 19-year-old former No. 1 WHL Bantam Draft pick who did not receive an invite. However, Brandon's star netminder Jiri Patera, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights was selected to the Czech Republic's preliminary squad.
Of the seven players selected to participate in the annual winter tournament, three of which hail from Manitoba. In removing the injured Jared Anderson-Dolan from the list, the percentage of Manitobans from the WHL jumps to 50 percent.
Glass, 19, is in the middle of yet another sensational WHL season as captain of the Portland Winterhawks. In just 24 games played, the dangerous two-way centreman already has 11 goals and 51 points, putting himself on pace to blow his 102-point 2017-18 campaign out of the water.
Brook, 19, is currently producing points at a rate unbeknownst to even himself. After putting up 10 points, 40 points and 32 points in his three prior WHL seasons, the fourth-year defenceman is now sitting at eight goals and 29 points through 22 contests with the Moose Jaw Warriors.
Addison, 18, is also vying for a defensive spot on the Canadian junior squad alongside Brook. His four goals and 28 points in 27 WHL games this season for Lethbridge put him at just over a point-per-game rate on the season, ranking the 5-foot-10, 185-pound blueliner in a very similar position he was in 2017-18, in which he put up 65 points in 68 games for the Hurricanes.
The 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship kicks off on Boxing Day with a four-game set from Victoria and Vancouver. The Canadians will face-off against Denmark at 7:00 P.M. central from the Rogers Arena. The game will be available on TSN3. The gold medal game goes Saturday, January 5th at 7:00 P.M. at Rogers Arena.