Flames prospect Irving invited to world junior selection camp
CALGARY, AB – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced on Monday that 38 of Canada’s best junior-aged hockey players have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Selection Camp from December 10-15, 2006 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.
Among those selected was Leland Irving, the Calgary Flames No. 1 draft pick at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Irving, currently with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, is one of four goalies vying for a spot on the national team.
The Swan Hills, AB native is one of thirty eight players to earn a tryout for Team Canada's World Junior team that will play at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden. Canada's National Junior Selection Camp will take place from December 10 to December 15 at the Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.
This season Irving currently leads all WHL goaltenders in goals against average (1.54), save percentage (.937%), shutouts (5) and is 2nd in the WHL in Wins (17).
The Calgary Flames selected Irving in the first round of the 2006 Entry Draft, 26th overall.
Irving currently holds Silvertips franchise records in wins (63), games played (111) and minutes played (6,140).
Irving has played in International tournaments in previous seasons. Irving earned a silver medal for Team Pacific at the 2005 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and won gold for Team Canada at the 2005 Under-18 World Cup. Irving recently represented the Silvertips and the WHL at the 2006 ADT Canada/Russia Challenge earning a victory on November 29 in Chilliwack, BC.
Irving is one of thirteen players from the WHL to earn a tryout for Team Canada.
“The quality and skill of the 38 players named today, is a testament of the hard work, commitment and development of all those involved in the Canadian minor hockey and junior hockey system,” said Jim Hammett, Head Scout, Hockey Canada. “Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, including our Under-17 and Under-18 Programs, has provided many of these players with the preparation and experience to deal with the rigors of the upcoming World Juniors and the high paced international competition. We are looking forward to a very competitive camp next week in Calgary.”
“Hockey Canada would like to congratulate all the players named today that will attend our camp, as well as their club teams, the coaches, the volunteers and the parents that have helped them from minor hockey through to now and finally their parents,” said Brad Pascall, Senior Director, Men’s National Teams. “It is a difficult task each and every year to assemble this list due to the depth of such skilled Canadian players across Canada. Jim Hammett has done an excellent job of evaluating and naming these players that will compete for a spot on our team.”
Of the 38 players invited, 11 are returning players, having won gold at last year’s 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver. Twenty-nine (29) of the 38 named today attended Canada’s August National Junior Team Development Camp in Calgary in August 2006.