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Mooseheads captain Barron earns invite to world junior selection camp

Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Justin Barron is projected as a potential first-round pick for Tuesday's NHL draft. (CONTRIBUTED/QMJHL)
Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Justin Barron has been invited to Hockey Canada’s world junior selection camp. CONTRIBUTED / QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads captain Justin Barron has been invited to Hockey Canada’s world junior selection camp.

The 18-year-old defenceman is the lone Nova Scotian among the 47 players invited to the camp on Thursday. The Haligonian, in his fourth major junior campaign, has one assist in two games with the Mooseheads this season.

Barron is among nine players from the QMJHL which will compete for a spot on Canada’s 2021 roster. Defencemen Lukas Cormier of the Charlottetown Islanders and Jordan Spence of the Moncton Wildcats and forwards Hendrix Lapierre and Dawson Mercer of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Samuel Poulin of the Sherbrooke Phoenix, Mavrik Bourque of the Shawinigan Cataractes, Xavier Simoneau of the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Jakob Pelletier of the Val-d'Or Foreurs were also invited. No Quebec league goalies earned an invite.

Forward Alexis Lafreniere, who played in the last two world juniors and was drafted first overall by the New York Rangers earlier this month, is not on the roster. He was the MVP at last year’s tournament and helped lead Canada to a gold medal in the Czech Republic.

Five goaltenders, 15 defencemen and 26 forwards will be at the selection camp, which opens Nov. 18 in Red Deer, Alta., and runs until Dec. 13. Ottawa 67’s bench boss Andre Tourigny is the head coach.

The 2021 world junior championship begins Dec. 25 in a bubble in Edmonton. Canada opens the tournament the following day against Germany.

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