Leblanc Invited to Canadian National Junior Camp

photos courtesy Hockey Canada/Patrick Shanahan

Canadian National Junior Team selection camp roster

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Freshman forward Louis Leblanc of the Harvard men’s hockey team has been invited to skate in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp Dec. 12-16 in Regina, Sask., Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

Leblanc will be one of 36 players at the camp, competing for a spot on Team Canada at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask. Following the camp, head coach Willie Desjardins and his staff will determine their final 22-player roster for the tournament.

A native of Kirkland, Que., Leblanc is tied for second on the Crimson in scoring with nine points on three goals and six assists, despite missing two of the team’s 10 games due to injury. He leads Harvard in plus/minus at +6. Prior to the season, he was named the nation’s top incoming freshman by Inside College Hockey.

Leblanc was the first-round selection of his hometown Montreal Canadiens in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He is one of 14 opening-round picks among the 36 invitees to the Team Canada camp. He previously competed for his home country at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, helping Canada claim the gold medal.

Twenty Harvard players have been selected to compete in the IIHF World Junior Championship in previous years. Nineteen of those players skated for the United States, and current freshman Conor Morrison competed for Germany in 2009.