Four BC players invited to World Junior Final Camp

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West Vancouver brothers Griffin and Sam Reinhart, Vernon’s Curtis Lazar, and Delta’s Nic Petan are among the 25 players who’ve been invited to attend Canada’s world junior team selection camp later this month.

The roster was announced Monday and includes two goalies, eight defenceman and 15 forwards.

The selection camp starts Dec. 12 in Etobicoke, Ont, and Team Canada must finalize a 22-man roster by Dec. 25.

Griffin Reinhart, a defenceman with the Edmonton Oil Kings who was selected fourth overall by the New York Islanders in 2012, is one of three returning players from last year’s team. Reinhart will miss the first three games of the tournament due to a four-game suspension he received for a high-sticking infraction during last year’s tournament.

His younger brother Sam is leading the Kootenay Ice with 16 goals and 46 points in 29 WHL games and is projected by some to be a possible first overall pick in next year’s draft. Earlier this year, Sam Reinhart captained Canada’s goldmedal winning team at the world under-18 championship. The Ice will be in Vancouver on Wednesday (7 p.m. start, Team 1410) to meet the Giants at the Pacific Coliseum.

If both Reinharts make the team they would become just the third brother combo to play together in the same world junior tourney for Canada. Dougie and Freddie Hamilton played on the 2012 team, while Randy and Mike Moller played in the 1982 world junior.

A third player with West Vancouver/Hollyburn roots, Morgan Rielly, would likely have also earned a spot on the Team Canada selection roster had he not cracked the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster this season. Rielly was drafted 5th, one back of Griffin in the 2012 draft.

There is a chance that some junior-aged players who are currently on NHL rosters may be loaned to Team Canada for this year’s world championships.

In a Hockey Canada release issued on Monday, it was noted “In regards to eligible players currently in the NHL, Hockey Canada will continue to communicate with NHL teams and is hopeful players may still be made available to Canada’s National Junior Team.”

Vernon’s Curtis Lazar, is second in scoring with the Edmonton Oil Kings, with 17 G and 14 assists and was selected 17th overall in this year’s draft by the Ottawa Senators. He signed an entry level contract in September.

Petan is second in WHL scoring with 20 goals and 62 points in 30 games. He had four goals and an assist in a 6-5 win Sunday over the Saskatoon Blades. Petan was selected in the second round, 43rd overall, by the Winnipeg Jets at this year’s draft.The world junior tourney goes Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.

Barring late additions from NHL rosters, coach Brent Sutter will have to cut two forwards and one defenceman before heading overseas.