Team Canada at Whistler this week 

Meadow Park is playing host to 44 of the best junior hockey players in Canada this week as they go head to head for one of the 22 coveted roster spots on Canada’s National Junior Team.

Sidney Crosby, who was originally scheduled to attend the camp, will no longer be participating. The first overall draft pick is attending the Pittsburgh Penguins prospect orientation camp instead and is not expected to be wearing a Team Canada jersey for the World Junior Championships in Vancouver in December.

Crosby has been replaced by Steve Downie, a member of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. Downie, who describes himself as an "emotional, heart and soul" player was the Philadelphia Flyers first round selection at 29 th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. A rugged, character player, Downie has received some high praise from Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke. "The way he plays is the way he is," Clarke said to the Associated Press. "He’s an aggressive, hard-nosed player and he’s tough. What I liked about him is he’s humble; there’s no ego. He’s the kind of kid you want in your locker-room."

Whether or not Downie will make it into the Team Canada dressing room come December remains to be seen, but those interested can get a look at him and the rest of the camp attendees this week.

Schedule for Whistler Development Camp

Wednesday, Aug. 10

18:00-19:00 Team Red Practice

19:15-20:15 Team White Practice

Thursday, Aug. 11

9:00-10:30 Team White Practice

10:45-12:15 Team Red Practice

14:15-15:30 Team White Practice

15:45-17:00 Team Red Practice

Friday, Aug. 12

9:00-10:30 Team Red Practice

10:45-12:15 Team White Practice

17:20 Warm Up

18:00-20:30 Intrasquad Game #1

Saturday, Aug. 13

9:00-10:30 Team White Practice

10:45-12:15 Team Red Practice

17:20 Warm Up

18:00-20:30 Intrasquad Game #2

Sunday, Aug. 14

9:30-11:00 Team Red Practice

11:45-13:15 Team White Practice


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