Tyler Steenbergen’s torrid start to the season was impossible to ignore for Hockey Canada. The Swift Current Broncos’ forward was one of 32 players invited to the Nation Junior Team selection camp in St. Catherines, ON on Dec. 12-15.
Steenbergen, an Arizona Coyotes prospect, currently leads all Canadian Hockey League skaters with 35 goals in 27 games and is second with 61 points as well.
The 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships will be held in Buffalo, NY, beginning on Dec. 26. Steenbergen is attempting to become the first Bronco to make Team Canada for the World Junior Championship since defenseman Dillon Heatherington won gold in 2015.
Also amongst the forward ranks will be Shaunavon’s Kole Lind. The 6’1’’ winger recently returned from illness, but has 34 points in 21 games this season with the Kelowna Rockets.
Unlike Steenbergen, Lind was a part of the 42-player Summer Showcase, the first evaluation opportunity for the National Junior Team. Lind was a second round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft.