Rockets' Severson earns invite to selection camp
Damon Severson is one step away from realizing a childhood dream.
The 19-year-old Kelowna Rockets' defenceman was named Tuesday to the final selection camp roster for Canada's national junior team.
Twenty-five players will vie for 22 spots on Team Canada for the IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.
"It's a great honour," said Severson, a product of Melville, Sask., said of his selection to the final camp. "Coming into (evaluation) camp I wanted to be a go-to guy and one of the guys the coaches could have confidence in. I need to go into now and show I can contribute, be a guy that they can count on."
Severson is one of eight defenseman who will be at Hockey Canada's selection camp beginning Dec. 12 in Etobicoke, Ont. Seven of those are expected to make the final roster.
"(Damon) needs to bring the right attitude, and play with intensity and passion," said Rockets' head coach Ryan Huska who has served as an assistant coach twice with Team Canada. "He has the tools, he just needs to play the game hard and consistent, and we'll try and push him and get him prepared to do that."
Rockets' defenseman Madison Bowey was also part of Hockey Canada's evaluation process but didn't make the 25-man selection roster.
For Severson's part, making Canada's final roster would be the highlight of his career to date.
"It's been a dream for a long time," Severson said. "All those years watching (world juniors) on T.V., it would be unbelievable to actually be part of it."
Kelowna Rockets' president and GM Bruce Hamilton is part the Canada's national junior management team and helped put together the 25-man roster, which includes nine WHL players.
Rocket Shots…The Rockets and Vancouver Giants will meet for the first time this season Tuesday night at Prospera Place. Kelowna (19-3-0-2) has won 11 of its last 12 games, while the Giants (12-11-4) have gone nine games (5-0-3-1) without a regulation loss…The Rockets are coming off back-to-back 3-2 wins over the Blazers, Friday in Kamloops and Saturday in Kelowna.