Toronto native Markus Phillips was one of 34 players named Monday, Dec. 3 to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp being held on Dec. 11-14 in Victoria, B.C.
The Owen Sound Attack defencemen, a fourth-round pick (118 overall) of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, will have the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships being held in 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.”
Phillips has one goal and eight assists in 29 games with the Attack this season. The six-foot, 194-pound puck-moving blueliner has 27 goals and 76 assists for 103 points in 226 games over four seasons with Owen Sound.
Canada’s selection camp roster is made up of three goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 19 forwards, including returning forwards Jack Studnicka (Oshawa) and Maxime Comtois (Drummondville) from last year’s gold-medal winning squad.
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: Toronto native Markus Phillips was one of 34 players named Monday, Dec. 3 to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp being held on Dec. 11-14 in Victoria, B.C. TERRY WILSON/OHL IMAGES