Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Four Michigan OHLers get Canada invites

Three Saginaw Spirit players and one Plymouth Whalers' star have received invitations to Team Canada's final selection camp for the 2007 World Junior Championship later this month in Sweden.

Saginaw defenseman and captain Patrick McNeill and forwards Ryan O'Marra and Tom Pyatt got the call along with Plymouth's leading goal scorer James Neal (pictured).

O'Marra, then with Erie, and Pyatt were members of the 2006 gold medal-winning Canadian contingent.

“We’re excited for James,” said Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci. “He’s worked very hard during his career in Plymouth.”

“As an organization we are all proud of these three men and wish them the best of luck at the Selection Camp," stated Spirit coach-GM Bob Mancini.

Team Canada will play against teams from the United States, Belarus, Finland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The tournament runs Dec. 26, 2006 to Jan. 5, 2007 in Leksand and Mora, Sweden.

Photo by Walt Dmoch

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