Hjorth misses cut for Sweden’s camp
Sarnia Sting defenceman Eric Hjorth wasn’t chosen for Sweden’s preliminary roster for the IIHF world junior championship.
The Columbus Blue Jackets prospect was invited to the team’s summer development camp, but he didn’t make the cut for the 34-man roster that will begin a week-long camp Sunday.
Twenty-five players will be selected for the final roster.
The tournament begins Dec. 25 in Edmonton.
Hjorth, 19, was the Sting’s top-scoring defenceman in his debut OHL season in 2019-20. He led their blue-liners with 12 goals and 29 points in 60 games.
Rees almost done with quarantine
Sting forward Jamieson Rees is nearing the end of his 14-day quarantine at Canada’s national junior team selection camp in Red Deer.
Players, coaches and staff have been in isolation since two players tested positive for COVID-19, but the quarantine is scheduled to end Monday. Cuts could begin soon after.
“I would feel horribly about releasing a player coming out of quarantine. But knowing that we did not have any choice but to have all the players in quarantine at the time of a positive test, we could not send anyone home prior to Dec. 8,” Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations Scott Salmond said to Postmedia. “I can tell you that we have not determined our plan when to release players and we are considering all options to be fair to all players while balancing team selection and preparation.”
Forty-six players are vying to make the 25-man roster.
No Sting prospects on Team USA
No Sting prospects were named to USA Hockey’s preliminary 29-man roster for the world junior championship. Camp begins Sunday in Plymouth, Mich.
Three Sting draft picks – defencemen Case McCarthy and Mitchell Miller and forward Josh Nodler – were among the 39 players invited to the team’s evaluation camp in October.
Miller was chosen in this year’s NHL draft by the Arizona Coyotes, who quickly renounced his draft rights when reports surfaced that he had bullied a Black, developmentally disabled classmate.
Guy raises money for mental health
Sting forward Brayden Guy raised $12,555 during his Movember campaign last month while also raising awareness about men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
“I decided to run 60 kilometres for 60 men who lose their life to suicide every hour,” the 19-year-old from Georgetown said on the OHL website.
He ran in memory of his uncle Neil, who died of suicide in May 2019.
“We got pretty close over the years,” Guy said to OHL communications manager Sarah Jean Maher. “Obviously it was devastating for me and my family. Once I got over the initial tough grieving process, and obviously grieving never goes away, but once I got over that initial stage I wanted to use the social media platforms given to us as athletes in the OHL to raise awareness because I know it impacts so many people.”
Guy donated $5 towards the campaign for each kilometre he ran. Teammates, friends and family also ran.