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Trio of Rockets named to Canadian World Junior invite list
Marissa Baecker

Hockey Canada announced the selection camp invite list for Canada’s National Junior team for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. The list includes three Kelowna Rockets players.

Rockets Dillon Dube, Cal Foote, and Kole Lind have all been invited to the selection camp for Canada’s National Junior team.

“We’re excited for all three guys. Just the honour of being invited to camp is pretty fulfilling for all three,” said Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton. “It’s good for us as an organization as well, although it puts us in a challenging spot losing three of our best players on arguably the toughest part of our schedule, but we go through this every year.”

Returning to the camp is Dube. Dube played on Team Canada last year at the World Juniors collecting three assists in seven games and bringing home a silver medal. Dube is having a stellar season with Kelowna so far, leading the team through 25 games with 36 points. His 16 goals are the second most amongst Rockets players as well. Serving as an Assistant Captain for the Rockets, the Calgary Flames draft pick(56th) was named Captain of Team WHL at the CIBC Canada Russia Series where he led all three CHL teams in scoring against the Russians with two goals and three assists for five points in two games, tying an event record for points by a WHL player.

Rockets Captain Cal Foote will make his first appearance at the selection camp. So far this season the Tampa Bay Lightning first rounder(14th) leads Kelowna defencemen in goals(6) and points(26). His 26 points rank him fifth in team scoring for Kelowna and ninth in the Western Hockey League amongst defencemen. Foote also played for Team WHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series finishing with four penalty minutes in two games.

Kole Lind also makes his first appearance at the selection camp. Lind recently missed six games due to illness, but prior to that Lind was nearly unstoppable. Before he was out of the lineup, he was leading the Rockets in scoring. After missing that time he still sits second in team scoring with 32 points including 12 goals in 21 games played. Lind has played one game since returning in which he posted a goal and an assist including the game winner against the Kootenay Ice. The Vancouver Canucks(33rd) prospect had a breakout season last year, leading the Rockets in points with 87 (30G, 57A). Lind also took part in the CIBC Canada Russia Series earlier this season in which he posted two goals and an assist for three points in two games.

A full list of the players invited to the selection camp can be found here: https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/men/junior/2017-18/selection-camp/stats/team-rosters?teamid=128

Selection camp begins on December 13th when Canada takes on the U Sports All-Star team.

Stay tuned to kelownarockets.com for updates.

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