Jonathan Huberdeau has been named to Canada’s roster for the Canada-Russia Challenge that will take place this August.
Huberdeau was one of 28 players named to Team Canada today. The four-game exhibition series replaces the annual summer development camp.
The Saint John Sea Dogs captain recorded a goal and eight assists in six games with Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships, helping his country capture bronze. Huberdeau is eligible to play at this year’s tournament but, with him expected to play with the Florida Panthers this season, he may not be available.
The 19-year old registered 30 goals and 42 assists in 37 regular season games with Saint John and added another 10 goals and 11 assists in 15 playoff games.
Huberdeau was one of five QMJHL players to be invited to the event. The others were PEI’s Maxime Lagace, Blainville-Boisbraind’s Xavier Ouellet, Chicoutimi’s Charles Hudon, and Victoriaville’s Phillip Danault.
Dougie Hamilton, Scott Harrington, Ryan Murray, Huberdeau, Boone Jenner, Mark Scheifele, and Ryan Strome all played with Team Canada at the 2012 world juniors in Alberta.
Here’s the schedule for the series which will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.
Thursday, August 9 Time TBD Canada vs. Russia Yaroslavl, Russia
Friday, August 10 Time TBD Canada vs. Russia Yaroslavl, Russia
Monday, August 13 8 p.m. AT/7 p.m. ET Russia vs. Canada Halifax, N.S.
Tuesday, August 14 8 p.m. AT/7 p.m. ET Russia vs. Canada Halifax, N.S.
Tickets are still available for the games in Halifax. It should be quite awesome.
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