Hockey Canada announced today the 31 players who have earned an invitation to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, set for Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ont. The players, including four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Included on the invite list was Steelheads rearguard Thomas Harley.
This isn’t the first time Harley has had his name called by Hockey Canada. The 6’3” defenceman first donned the red and white at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John, New Brunswick where he appeared in 5 games. Leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft, Harley was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship where he registered 4 points (1G, 3A) in 7 games. The 18-year old has also suited up for Team OHL twice in the CIBC Canada/Russia Series in both 2018 and 2019.
After returning from the Dallas Stars in late September, Harley has lit up the score sheet. Through 24 games, he sits tied for fifth among OHL defencemen in points (27) and leads all defencemen in goals (11). His offensive production comes as no surprise after finishing the 2018-19 season with 58 points (11A,47G) over 68 games.
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11-12.
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Boxing Day when Canada takes on the United States at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will air all 31 games at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, providing wall-to-wall game coverage and analysis throughout the tournament.
Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.
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