North Bay product to vie for spot on Canada's World Junior team

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

If chosen, this would be the second Team Canada experience for Point, who was selected to play for Team Canada East in the World Junior A Challenge back in 2015-16.

"We've seen some great Canadian hockey talent over the four days of camps, and both teams had hard decisions to make to pare it down to 22 players per roster", said Brent Ladds, president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

As the World Junior A Challenge nears, both teams have completed their tryout camps and have selected 22 players each from across the country.

Group B consists of Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Belarus.

Makar, the Minutemen's leading scorer among defensemen with nine points, was projected to make the lineup after a strong showing in August's World Junior Summer Showcase for Team Canada, where the Calgary, Alberta, native registered a goal and assist in three games played. No members of the Medicine Hat Tigers were invited to the selection camp.

Barton, an 18-year-old smooth-skating defenceman, is in his first year in the BCHL and has five goals and 10 points in 28 games with the Smoke Eaters.

Some Okanagan athletes will be representing Canada on the world stage later this month.

The RECC in Truro will also host two pre-tournament games on Friday, Dec. 8.

During the selection camp, Canada will play three exhibition games: December 13 and 14 against a collection of USports all-stars and December 15 against Team Denmark.

Both Canada East and West will hit the ice Sunday, Dec. 10, with Canada West playing Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. and Canada East playing Russian Federation at 7:30 the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre. He was voted the Canadian Junior Hockey League MVP in May.

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