The North Bay Battalion will be sending two of its players to Team Canada's World Junior Evaluation Camp.
Goaltender Dom DiVincentiis and defenceman Ty Nelson will be among the 30 players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp, Dec. 10-13 in Oakville, Ontario.
The 30 players, including four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 16 forwards, will compete for a chance to wear the Maple Leaf at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
“We are excited to name the 30 players who will embark on the journey through camp and eventually on to the World Juniors,” said Peter Anholt, the under-20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group and general manager with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes.
“Canada has an incredible talent pool of players, and there are always difficult decisions to narrow it down. We are expecting a highly competitive camp, and we look forward to naming our final roster that will wear the Maple Leaf with pride starting on Boxing Day.”
Adam Dennis, Battalion GM, is excited about the opportunity for his star players.
"We are thrilled for both Ty and Dom," said Dennis.
"This opportunity has been well earned and these boys have certainly put in the work. We look forward to tracking their progression and cheering them on from the Bay. We know they will do us proud."
Selection camp will take place at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville and will include practices and a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m., and Dec. 13 at noon.
DiVincentiis, the reigning OHL Goalie of the Year and Jets prospect along with Kraken prospect Ty Nelson were among 45 under-20 players from across Canada were selected to take part in the Under-20 Hockey Canada summer meeting in August.
The last Battalion player to compete for Team Canada at the World Juniors was Nick Paul, as he captured gold with a stacked Team Canada roster in 2015, which included current NHL stars Connor McDavid, Sam Reinhart, Josh Morrissey and Bo Horvat.
A pair of North Bay area goaltenders have captured gold with Team Canada's World Junior team including Corbeil's Ben Gaudreau last year and Colton Point in 2018.