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WORLD JUNIORS: Olen Zellweger named to Hockey Canada Selection Camp ahead of ’23 tournament

EVERETT, Wash. — Everett Silvertips defenseman Olen Zellweger is one of 29 players named to Hockey Canada’s Selection Camp ahead of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship in Moncton.

Zellweger, 19, posted a historically good performance at the 2022 tournament, helping to lead Canada to gold in Edmonton this past August. He recorded two goals with nine assists for 11 points in seven games- one point shy of Alex Pietrangelo and Bryan McCabe’s record for points by a Canadian defenseman. His +14 rating defensively led all skaters in the tournament.

The Anaheim Ducks prospect currently leads all Western Hockey League defensemen in goals with 10, and ranks seventh in points with 27 in 22 games played. Fifteen of his points have come while on the powerplay, including 12 assists- a mark that leads all WHL defensemen.

Silvertips general manager/head coach Dennis Williams, who won gold as an assistant coach in 2022, will take the reins as head coach of Hockey Canada for the 2023 World Juniors.

Thirteen total WHL players were invited to Hockey Canada Selection Camp, including five members of the 2022 team: Zellweger, Connor Bedard (Regina Pats), Logan Stankoven (Kamloops Blazers), Carson Lambos (Winnipeg ICE) and Zack Ostapchuk (Vancouver Giants).

From Hockey Canada’s official press release:

“We are excited to unveil the 29 players who will begin our journey at selection camp in Moncton as we look ahead to the 2023 World Juniors,” said National Junior Team Director of Player Personnel Alan Millar. “This is an experienced and skilled group, and we expect a competitive selection camp that will lead to difficult decisions when naming a final roster. We are excited about the players who have earned invites to camp, and we look forward to assembling a roster that will wear the Maple Leaf with pride this holiday season.”

The 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship will be held in Halifax, N.S. and Moncton, N.B. from December 26, 2022 through January 5, 2023.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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