A pair of Raiders have earned the opportunity to compete for a spot on Team Canada at the 2019 World Junior Championships.
Goaltender Ian Scott and forward Brett Leason have been named to Hockey Canada's 34-man selection camp roster in preparation for the upcoming tournament in Vancouver and Victoria.
Scott is a familiar name to Hockey Canada brass, with experience at the World Under-17 Challenge, the Under-18 World Championships, and the Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. After being selected ninth overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Scott made the jump to the Raiders as a 16-year-old and is now in his fourth full season with the club. The Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick currently leads the entire Canadian Hockey League in goals against average, save percentage, wins, and shutouts. Scott is one of three goaltenders battling for two spots on the team, joining Windsor Spitfires netminder Michael DiPietro and Sault Ste. Marie backstopper Matthew Villalta.
Leason has been the breakout player of the year in the WHL and the entire CHL so far. With 60 points in 27 games, Leason leads the entire country. The Calgary native also has the longest point streak in the CHL this year, with at least a point in all 27 games played so far. Unlike Scott, Leason doesn't have a wealth of experience with Hockey Canada. Thanks to his start to this season, the 6-foot-2-inch tall winger was selected to Team WHL along with teammates Scott and Parker Kelly in the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series, which is a heavily-scouted event in advance of World Junior selections.
The selection camp will take place from Dec 10-14 in Victoria before the team is pared down to the final 23-man roster. Canada will open its pre-tournament schedule on Dec 19.
Scott and Leason will be looking to become the first Raiders to represent Team Canada at the tournament since Josh Morrissey, now with the Winnipeg Jets, did so in the 2013-14 season.
Full selection camp roster
Michael Dipietro Windsor OHL
Ian Scott Prince Albert WHL
Matthew Villalta Sault Ste. Marie OHL
Calen Addison Lethbridge WHL
Nicolas Beaudin Drummondville QMJHL
Jacob Bernard-Docker North Dakota NCAA
Evan Bouchard London OHL
Josh Brook Moose Jaw WHL
Cameron Crotty Boston University NCAA
Noah Dobson Acadie-Bathurst QMJHL
Pierre-Olivier Joseph Charlottetown QMJHL
Jared McIsaac Halifax QMJHL
Ian Mitchell Denver NCAA
Markus Phillips Owen Sound OHL
Ty Smith Spokane WHL
Jaret Anderson-Dolan Spokane WHL
Shane Bowers Boston University NCAA
Maxime Comtois Drummondville QMJHL
Ty Dellandrea Flint OHL
MacKenzie Entwhistle Hamilton OHL
Alex Formenton London OHL
Liam Foudy London OHL
Morgan Frost Sault Ste. Marie OHL
Cody Glass Portland WHL
Barrett Hayton Sault Ste. Marie OHL
Alexis Lafreniere Rimouski QMJHL
Raphael Lavoie Halifax QMJHL
Brett Leason Prince Albert WHL
Isaac Ratcliffe Guelph OHL
Jack Studnicka Oshawa OHL
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound OHL
Owen Tippett Mississauga OHL
Joe Veleno Drummondville QMJHL
Gabe Vilardi Los Angeles NHL
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