Hitmen hope to get world junior call

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

Justin Pogge figured he wouldn't get much shut-eye last night.

The stalwart Calgary Hitmen goaltender is hoping to hear from Hockey Canada brass today with an invite to Canada's selection camp for the junior world championships.

In fact, fellow Hitmen Dustin Kohn and Jeff Schultz also might end up at the camp, which goes Dec. 11-16 in Vancouver, where national team head coach Brent Sutter and his staff will choose the final roster for Team Canada, the defending champs.

"It's going to be exciting if I get the call," said Pogge, a 19-year-old Penticton

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"If I don't, I'll keep trying to win games here and try win a Memorial Cup."

Pogge wasn't invited to this year's summer development camp but his numbers this WHL season should get him a spot at the selection camp and a berth onto the team.

He has a 21-5 record, his .929 save percentage is second in the WHL, as is his 1.52 goals-against average. Pogge also boasts six shutouts, best in the league.

Vancouver, Kamloops and Kelowna host this year's world junior championship, which starts Dec. 26.

Team Canada should be named Dec. 16.


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