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Rockets Severson to Canadian junior camp
If all unfolds as Damon Severson hopes over the next three months, he'll join an exclusive list of players which includes the likes of Josh Gorges, Shea Weber, Tyler Myers and Jamie Benn.
All are former members of the Kelowna Rockets and all have played with Team Canada at past world junior hockey championships.
Severson, who turns 19 on Aug. 7, hopes to be the next Rocket to wear the Maple Leaf as he heads to Brossard, Que., this weekend for Hockey Canada's U20 summer developmental camp.
Thirty-seven players will attend the camp Aug. 4 to 10, with 22 to be named to Canada's final roster in December.
The 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship will be contested Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.
Severson will be one of 10 rearguards at camp, including five from the Western Hockey League.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound native of Melville, Sask., has played three seasons with the Rockets and last season had 10 goals, 52 points and a +43 rating in 71 games.
Severson was a second-round draft choice (60th overall) of the NHL's New Jersey Devils in 2012.
After two days of practises in Quebec Aug. 4 and 5, the Canadian team will travel to Lake Placid, N.Y. for three exhibition games. Canada plays Finland on Aug. 8, Sweden on Aug. 9 and the United States on Aug. 10.