Hockey Canada has released the list of players that will attend its National Junior Team summer development camp and this year will see no shortage of local connections participating as part of the process that will eventually lead to the selection this winter of who will play for Canada in the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Among the list of 43 players to take part in the July 27 - August 4 camp in Plymouth, Michigan are Brandon Wheat Kings forward Luka Burzan and defenceman Braden Schneider. Also invited was Brandon’s Calen Addison, who currently plays for the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Burzan is coming off of a breakout 2018-2019 regular season in which the Surrey, BC native scored 40 goals and 78 points. Schneider of Prince Albert, SK notched 8 goals and 24 points and is widely considered a top prospect in next season's NHL draft. Addison finished 6th in scoring amongst WHL defenceman with 11 goals and 65 points with the Hurricanes.
The 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship will take place in the Czech Republic beginning on Boxing Day. The last Wheat King to play for Canada's National Junior Team was Kale Clague, who was on both the 2017 and 2018 teams.