CANMORE – Canmore-native Jacob Bernard-Docker is going camping.
The 19-year-old blueliner and 30 other Canadian players were invited to Hockey Canada’s Men’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp from Dec. 9-12 in Oakville, Ontario for a shot to crack the elite roster going to World Juniors in Czech Republic.
Bernard-Docker was selected 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He currently plays for NCAA’s University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks, where he has three goals and 14 points in 15 games. During his time in the AJHL between 2016-18, Bernard-Docker raked up 27 goals and 63 points in the regular season for the Okotoks Oilers. He had nine goals and 21 points in 27 playoff games.
Of the 31 invitees, 22 will be selected to represent Canada at the championship tournament in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.
“We are expecting a highly competitive camp from these 31 players, and we know there will be many difficult decisions when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in the Czech Republic,” said head scout Brad McEwen, in a press release.
Last year, the six-foot-one defenceman didn't make the World Junior roster after being invited to selection camp. Canada finished in sixth place in the ensuing tournament.