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Dawson Mercer of Bay Roberts and St. John’s native Alex Newhook are among the 46 players who have been invited to Canada’s national junior hockey team’s selection camp next month.
The team, which will represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 25-Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., will be selected from the Sport Chek selection camp which runs Nov. 16-Dec. 13 in Red Deer.
In addition to Mercer and Newhook, Mount Pearl’s Brian Cheeseman is one of the team’s athletic therapists.
Mercer, a forward, is one of six returnees who won gold at the 2020 World Juniors in the Czech Republic, joining Quinton Byfield of Newmarket, Ont., Bowen Byram of Cranbrook, B.C., Dylan Cozens of Whitehorse, Yukon, Jamie Drysdale of Toronto and Connor McMichael of Ajax, Ont.
Mercer is currently in his fourth season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He has four goals and a pair of assists in four games for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. He was the 18th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
Newhook is a second-year centre with the Boston College Eagles of the U.S. college ranks.
As a freshman last season, he collected 19 goals and 42 points in 34 games.
He was named both the Hockey East conference and NCAA Division I rookie of the year.
Newhook, the 16th overall NHL Draft pick by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2019 lottery, attended the national junior hockey team’s Sport Chek selection camp last year.
Selection of the camp’s 46-player roster was led by Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from manager of national teams for Hockey Canada, Ben Shutron, U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group Alan Millar, national junior team head coach Andre Tourigny and assistant coaches Michael Dyck and Mitch Love.
The 2021 world juniors open on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany.