Leblanc was the first freshman to lead Harvard in scoring since Steve Moore '01 in 1997-98 (photo courtesy Jim Rosvold).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomore forward Louis Leblanc of the Harvard men’s hockey team is one of 41 skaters invited to Canada’s National Junior Team development camp, scheduled for early August in St. John’s, N.L., Hockey Canada has announced.
The players, 24 forwards and 17 defensemen, will be vying for spots on Team Canada at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship to be held in Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 26-Jan. 5. It will be Leblanc’s second appearance at the camp.
Leblanc is coming off an outstanding rookie season for the Crimson. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year after leading Harvard with 23 points and 11 goals. He received All-Ivy League honorable mention, was a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and was named to the ECAC All-Rookie team.
Leblanc, the first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, recently skated at the Canadiens’ summer prospect camp.
The Kirkland, Que., native is one of just four U.S. collegiate players named to the Canadian camp roster, along with Minnesota Duluth defenseman Dylan Olsen, Notre Dame forward Riley Sheahan and incoming Colorado College forward Jaden Schwartz. Leblanc is among 24 skaters at the camp with international experience as an under-18 player. He helped Team Canada win the gold medal at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament.
The players invited to the camp, born in 1991 or 1992, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Al Murray, in consultation with head coach Dave Cameron and assistant coaches Bob Boughner, Ryan Huska and André Tourigny. Murray evaluated the players over the course of the 2009-10 season, following them and numerous other candidates.