The congratulatory knock on the door Brett Bulmer was hoping for never came.
Instead, it was the dreaded phone call the Kelowna Rockets forward received Wednesday morning in Calgary, informing him he had missed the final cut for Canada’s national junior team.
Bulmer was one of 41 hopefuls at the final selection camp vying for 22 spots on the Canada’s roster for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Calgary in Edmonton.
Bulmer, who played nine games with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild at the beginning of the 2011-12, felt he did everything in his power this week in Calgary to earn the right to wear the Maple Leaf.
“It’s pretty disappointing,” Bulmer said at the team hotel after hearing the news. “I thought I worked hard, did everything they asked of me at camp so it’s really disappointing. I thought I had a good shot. I worked hard, got on the body and did everything they asked but…”
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Prince George native was in tough to make the team as Canada boasts plenty of depth along the forward lines.
The late additions to camp of forwards Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Devante Smith-Pelly the Anaheim Ducks clearly didn’t help Bulmer’s cause, either.
Connolly and Smith-Pelly were both named to the Canadian team’s final roster.
Bulmer was expected to rejoin the Rockets Wednesday night in Regina for their game against the Pats.
In 15 games with the Rockets this season, Bulmer has 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points.
Kelowna will wrap up its six-game, pre-Christmas Prairie road trip with games Friday in Prince Albert and Saturday in Saskatoon.
The Rockets next home action is Dec. 27 against Spokane.