Horton, Burns cut early

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

TORONTO (CP) -- Florida Panthers forward Nathan Horton and Minnesota Wild forward Brent Burns will not be named to Canada's world junior selection camp roster on Monday, according to Hockey Canada executive director Bob Nicholson.

Horton and Burns would have needed permission from their NHL clubs in order to be allowed to compete for Canada in the world junior hockey championships beginning Dec. 25 in Grand Forks, N.D. Nicholson had set a deadline of Dec. 12 -- the first day of selection camp -- for players with NHL contracts to be released to the world junior team.

Nicholson said the team is ready to move on without the two young stars.

"We're fortunate we have so much depth that we're not forced to abandon our philosophy," Nicholson told Rogers Sportsnet. "We feel we have 30-plus players coming to camp that will allow us to assemble a great team and it's very important we have everyone in on the 12th."

Panthers general manager Mike Keenan was willing to release Horton to the world junior team, but only if he could skip the selection camp. Horton would have joined the team on the 20th, making him available for a pair of exhibition games before the start of the tournament.

That didn't suit Nicholson.

"Obviously, Mike didn't think it was important enough for Nathan Horton to be here under the conditions we have laid out," Nicholson said. "So we thought it was best to move on."

The selection camp roster will be named Monday.


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