Tavares gets shot at world juniors

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

John Tavares will get a chance to become the sixth 16-year-old to represent Canada at the world junior.

The Oshawa Generals star, who leads the Ontario Hockey League with 29 goals, will be on Hockey Canada's selection camp roster that will be announced today.

Indications are the roster for the camp, to be held from Dec. 10-15 in Calgary, will consist of 38 players (four goalies, 12 defencemen and 22 forwards).

Five OHL players who helped Canada win gold in Vancouver last winter will be in camp: Last year's top tournament defenceman, Marc Staal of the Sudbury Wolves, fellow blue-liner Ryan Parent from the Guelph Storm, and forwards Steve Downie of the Peterborough Petes and Tom Pyatt and Ryan O'Marra of the Saginaw Spirit.

Also on hand will be six others from last year: Forwards Andrew Cogliano, Jonathan Toews and Dan Bertram and defencemen Luc Bourdon, Kris Russell and Kris Letang.

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Other OHL players who will be summoned to Calgary include goalie Steve Mason and forward Sam Gagner of the London Knights, forwards Bryan Little of the Barrie Colts, Cody Bass of the Mississauga IceDogs, James Neal of the Plymouth Whalers and defenceman Patrick McNeill of the Saginaw Spirit.

Others with a shot might include forwards Cory Emmerton and Chris Stewart of the Kingston Frontenacs.

There are no goaltenders returning, but there is no shortage of talent at that position. The three goalies Mason will compete against are believed to be Leland Irving, Carey Price and Jonathan Bernier.

It's expected forward Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks will not be loaned to Canada for the world junior championship, which begins on Boxing Day in Leksand and Mora, Sweden.

Tavares will try to follow in the footsteps of Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros, Jason Spezza, Jay Bouwmeester and Sidney Crosby, all of whom suited up for Canada at the world junior at the age of 16.


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