Whalers Tom Wilson, Rickard Rakell Receive WJC Invitations

Whalers Tom Wilson, Rickard Rakell Receive WJC Invitations

PLYMOUTH - There's a good chance that Whalers Tom Wilson, Rickard Rakell and Stefan Noesen will be in Russia during the Christmas holidays.

Wilson is one of 37 players to receive an invitation to try out for Team Canada for the 2013 World Junior Championships, which will be held Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia.

In addition, USA Hockey will announce their preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships on Tuesday.  Stefan Noesen rates an excellent chance of representing the United States.  See more in Chris Peters' The United States of Hockey Blog.

Rakell will play for Sweden for the third consecutive season.  Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com examines Team Sweden.

WILSON AUDIO: Tom Wilson was interviewed by Team 1200 Radio in Ottawa last week.

Yahoo! Sports Junior Hockey.com examines Team Canada.

Here's the release from Hockey Canada:

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Monday that 37 of Canada’s top junior-aged players (born in 1993 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, Dec. 11-13, 2012 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Of the 37 players invited, six are returning players – Dougie Hamilton (Toronto, Ont./Niagara, OHL), Scott Harrington (Kingston, Ont./London, OHL), Jonathan Huberdeau (St-Jérôme, Que./Saint John, QMJHL), Boone Jenner (Dorchester, Ont./Oshawa, OHL), Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./ Barrie, OHL) and Ryan Strome (Mississauga, Ont./ Niagara, OHL) helped Canada earn a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta. A seventh potential returning player, Ryan Murray (White City, Sask./Everett, WHL), is unavailable due to an injury.

See the rest of the release.


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