For those Columbus Blue Jackets fans who felt that the team wouldn’t be represented at the 2013 World Junior Championships at the end of the month, fear not.
Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner has received an invitation to Hockey Canada’s national junior team selection camp this week, ahead of picking a final roster. Fellow prospect Ryan Murray was to have also attended the camp, but his should injury and impending surgery have erased his chances of participating in what would’ve been his last World Juniors tournament.
Jenner would be a natural choice for the team. The Oshawa Generals captain is a young man on fire, with 27 goals and 46 points in 30 games this season. Those goals are not only good enough to be the top scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, but he now leads in goals in the entire Canadian Hockey League. That’s covering three junior leagues. You cannot stop him, you can only hope to contain him.
This won’t be Jenner’s first time at the World Juniors. For the 2012 championships, in which Team Canada won bronze, he had a lone assist in the entire tournament, so he can only do better. He’s one of six from that team called back for camp this year, along with fellow bronze winners Dougie Hamilton (Boston Bruins) and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers).
Team Canada’s selection camp is being held in Calgary from December 11-13, and the World Juniors will start in Ufa, Russia on December 26 and run through January 5.