TORONTO - Hockey Canada received an early Christmas present on Thursday.
The Los Angeles Kings will send centre Brayden Schenn to his junior club, the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. That means that Schenn, the younger brother of Maple Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn, will be free to play for Canada at the 2011 world junior championship in Buffalo starting on Boxing Day.
Kevin Prendergast, Hockey Canada’s head scout, had said on Monday that he was keeping his fingers crossed that the Kings would let Schenn participate in the world junior. Schenn, who had 99 points in 59 games for Brandon last season, undoubtedly will give Canada an offensive shot in the arm.