Swift Current Broncos defenseman Dillon Heatherington will get a second crack at making Canada’s World Junior team.
The 19-year-old defenseman was named one of 12 defenseman invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek summer development camp, set for Aug. 3-8 in Brossard, Montreal and Sherbrooke, Que.
The 6’4’’, 206-pound defenseman registered six goals, 29 assists, and 63 penalty minutes in 70 games during his third season with the Broncos in 2013-14. The Calgary native, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, led the Broncos with a +24 rating last season as well. He attended the summer camp last season but was not invited to the December selection camp.
The summer development camp is the first step towards being one of 22 players selected to represent Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 5, 2014 in Montreal and Toronto.
Canada’s National Junior Team development camp attendees will gather in Brossard at the Montreal Canadiens’ practice facility for practices on Aug. 3 before playing the national junior teams of the Czech Republic and Russia.
Canada’s roster, comprised of four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 25 forwards, was selected by Ryan Jankowski, head scout of the men’s Program of Excellence for Hockey Canada, along with Hockey Canada vice-president of hockey operations Scott Salmond and the Program of Excellence management group including Sean Burke and Bruce Hamilton.
Two of the four goaltenders come from the Western Hockey League, six of the 12 defensemen are from the WHL, and eight WHL forwards are among the 25 forwards invited.