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Reinhart brothers named to Team Canada world junior selection camp roster
West Vancouver brothers Griffin and Sam Reinhart are among the 25 players who've been invited to attend Canada's world junior team selection camp later this month.
The roster was announced Monday and includes two goalies, eight defenceman and 15 forwards.
The selection camp starts Dec. 12 in Etobicoke, Ont, and Team Canada must finalize a 22-man roster by Dec. 25.
The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place in Malmo, Sweden, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
Griffin Reinhart was selected fourth overall in the 2012 NHL draft by the New York Islanders and plays junior for the Edmonton Oil Kings. Sam Reinhart, who is predicted to potentially be the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, plays for the Kootenay Ice.
Hockey plays a big role in the Reinhart family. Sam and Griffin's older brother Max was drafted 64th overall by Calgary Flames in 2010 and father Paul was chosen by the Atlanta Flames 12th overall in the 1979 NHL draft and enjoyed an all-star career.
A third player with West Vancouver roots, Morgan Rielly, would likely have also earned a spot on the Team Canada selection roster had he not cracked the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster this season.
There is a chance that some junior-aged players who are currently on NHL rosters may be loaned to Team Canada for this year's world championships.
In a Hockey Canada release issued on Monday, it was noted "In regards to eligible players currently in the NHL, Hockey Canada will continue to communicate with NHL teams and is hopeful players may still be made available to Canada’s National Junior Team."
Other notable North Shore players to have suited up for Team Canada at the world juniors include Joe Murphy (1986), Paul Kariya (1992 and 1993) and goaltender Martin Jones (2010).