CANADA - Canmore-native Jacob Bernard-Docker is travelling to Europe after being named to the National Junior Team for the upcoming 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Hockey Canada announced the 19-year-old defenceman was selected to the 24-man roster on Thursday (Dec. 12) following the four-day selection camp in Oakville, Ontario.
NEWS | Five returnees among group travelling to Europe ahead of 2020 #WorldJuniors.— Hockey Canada (@HockeyCanada) December 13, 2019
Canada’s first game is on Boxing Day at 11 a.m. MT against the United States.
Of the 24 players headed to the tournament in the Czech Republic from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, Bernard-Docker and defenceman Ty Smith from Lloydminster are the only two Albertans to make the roster.
In total, three goalies, seven defencemen and 14 forwards were selected.
Last year, Bernard-Docker didn't make the National Junior Team roster after being invited to selection camp. Canada finished sixth in the ensuing tournament.
In 2018, the six-foot-one righty was selected 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 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 had 27 goals and 63 points in the regular season for the Okotoks Oilers. He had nine goals and 21 points in 27 playoff games.