Warriors send 3 to WJAC Selection Camp

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(ISN) – WEST KELOWNA, BC – The Team Canada West Selection Camp Roster for the 2014 World Junior A Challenge was named on Friday morning, and three West Kelowna Warriors were selected.

Liam Blackburn, Kristian Blumenschein, and Jonathan Desbiens were selected to attend the camp in Calgary from December 7th – 9th.

Last season, the Warriors sent four players to selection camp, with Adam Plant making the team.

“It’s a great opportunity for these players to have the chance to represent your country, it’s a huge honor and we wish them the best.” Said associate head coach Brent Gough.

The Warriors will be without the services of these players for 5 games should they make the team.

Blackburn, who sits in 2nd in League Scoring, is excited for the opportunity. “It’s always special getting selected to a camp like this, it just shows that the hard work all summer and so far this season is paying off, and i’m excited to head to Calgary.”

For Desbiens, “it’s an honor to be selected to this camp, and I’m very hopeful to represent Canada at this event.”

There are 25 BCHLer’s on the Selection Camp Roster, including 12 from the Interior Conference.

Blumenschein, a 17 year old is “excited to be a rookie defenseman and invited to the camp. It was a bit of a surprise but I look forward to heading to Calgary with some of my teammates to gain experience with the top players in Western Canada.”

The 2014 World Junior A Challenge will be held Dec. 14-20 at the West Central Events Centre in Kindersley, Sask. Canada West will play in Group B, joined by Denmark and Russia, while Canada East, Switzerland and the United States will comprise Group A.

Preliminary round play will run until Tuesday, Dec. 16, with both semifinals taking place Thursday, Dec. 18. The gold medal game, which will be shown nationally on TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, is set for Saturday, Dec. 20 (check your local listings).

All preliminary round games, quarter-finals, semifinals and the bronze medal game can be seen live and free through FASTHockey webcasts at www.hockeycanada.ca/wjac.

Canada West has appeared in six of the eight gold medal games at the World Junior A Challenges, winning gold in 2006 in Yorkton, Sask., 2007 in Trail, B.C., and 2011 in Langley, B.C. It settled for silver in 2008 in Camrose, Alta., 2009 in Summerside, P.E.I., and 2012 in Yarmouth, N.S., won bronze last year in Yarmouth and finished fourth in 2010 in Penticton, B.C.

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