Friday, December 15, 2006

Neal, O'Marra, Pyatt make Team Canada

Forwards James Neal of the Plymouth Whalers and Ryan O'Marra and Tom Pyatt of the Saginaw Spirit have made the Canadian entry in the 2007 World Junior Championship.

Final cuts were made this morning in Calgary and the trio was not among them.

Saginaw captain and defenseman Patrick McNeill was cut on Wednesday.

O'Marra and Pyatt were members of the gold medal-winning Canada team last January in Vancouver.

"This is a wonderful accomplishment for both young men," stated Spirit coach-GM Bob Mancini on O'Marra and Pyatt. "We are confident that they will represent not only Team Canada, but the Saginaw Spirit to the best of their abilities."

Pyatt was also named an alternate captain for Canada.

This year's tournament starts Dec. 26 in Leksand and Mora, Sweden.

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