CALGARY- (AND Athletics) New forward Dylan James was accepted into Canada’s junior national team summer development camp on Tuesday, the organization said. The camp will be held later in July at the Markin MacPhail Center at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ontario), Hockey Canada’s Director of Player Staff, led the player selection process with assistance from Tyler Dietrich (Vancouver, BC), Senior Manager of Hockey Operations, and Byron Bonora (Brooks, Alta.), Manager of Hockey Operations and U17 chief scout.
The player selection process was also conducted by Peter Anholt (Prince Albert, Sask./Lethbridge, WHL) and James Boyd (Mississauga, Ontario/Ottawa, OHL) of the Program of Excellence Management Group, as well as the Canadian Hockey League’s General Managers Committee Pierre Cloutier (Rouyn-Noranda, Que./Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL), Kirt Hill (Winnipeg, Man./Edmonton, WHL), Jim Hulton (Wolfe Island, Ontario/Charlottetown, QMJHL), John Paddock (Oak River, Man ./Regina, WHL), Barclay Parneta (Saskatoon, Sask./Vancouver, WHL), Cam Russell (Halifax, NS/Halifax, QMJHL) and Steve Staios (Hamilton, Ontario/Hamilton, OHL).
James will come to North Dakota after a stellar season with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) and help the franchise win the Clark Cup as league champions.
The Calgary, Alberta native was nearly a points-per-game player with 61 points in 62 games and became the first rookie to surpass 60 points in six years. His 28 goals and 33 assists earned him USHL Rookie of the Year honors, making him the first AND conscript to earn that honor since Brandon Bochenski in 2001. Tyler Palmiscno (1999) and Karl Goehring (1997) also won them.
Last week, James was selected in the second round (40th overall) by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. He will be the top draft pick in the 2022-23 North Dakota roster.
If selected, James would be the first AND product to represent Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships since Jacob Bernard-Docker in 2020 and only the third since 2007 (Tyson Jost – 2017).
Hockey Canada announced in May that the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Halifax, NS and Moncton, NB from December 26, 2022 to January 5, 2023.