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Calgary Flames prospect Jakob Pelletier has been short-listed for a spot on Team Canada’s roster for the world junior hockey championships.
The Flames’ latest first-round draft pick, Pelletier was among 31 hopefuls to earn an invite Monday to Hockey Canada’s selection camp next week in Oakville, Ont.
The 18-year-old left-winger is currently perched third in the QMJHL’s scoring race with 18 goals and 30 assists in 25 outings this fall with the Moncton Wildcats.
Pelletier has worn the maple leaf before, winning a gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and then shrugging off a high-ankle sprain to represent his country in April at the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship.
“Just to be part of that group, of that experience, I think it was amazing,” Pelletier told Postmedia last month. “You kind of see yourself when you’re younger and cheering for Team Canada. And you’re like, ‘Now it’s me, it’s my turn, and most of the people at home are cheering for me.’ That’s a pretty great feeling.”
Team Canada’s selection-camp roster also includes a hat-trick of Calgary-area skaters — Bragg Creek’s Dylan Holloway and fellow forward Peyton Krebs of Okotoks, plus defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker of Canmore.
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships begins on Boxing Day in the Czech Republic.
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