Waterdown’s Mark Visentin is hoping he can exchange silver for gold later this month.
The 19-year-old goaltender for the Niagara Falls IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League was one of 22 players named to Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. Visentin is one of four players who helped Canada earn a silver medal at the 2011 junior championship.
The announcement comes at the conclusion of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, which ran from Dec. 10-14, 2011 at the WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex in Calgary. A total of 43 players attended camp.
Canada’s National Junior Team will practice once in Calgary, at the WinSport complex before moving to Banff, where it will be based through Dec. 22. Canada will play three pre-competition games in Alberta prior to the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2011 to Jan. 5, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton.
Canada will play its first game of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, Dec. 26 against Finland, a game that will be broadcast by TSN/RDS and on The FAN Radio Network.
Canada has medalled at 13 consecutive IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.