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Stankoven, Garand of Kamloops Blazers earn invite to world juniors selection camp

The Kamloops Blazers will have two players, Dylan Garand and Logan Stankoven, at Hockey Canada’s national junior team selection camp, which will run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12 in Calgary.
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Logan Stankoven celebrates scoring a goal at Sandman Centre.

The Kamloops Blazers will have two players, Dylan Garand and Logan Stankoven, at Hockey Canada’s national junior team selection camp, which will run from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12 in Calgary.

Those who make the cut will crack the Canadian roster for the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship, which will get underway on Boxing Day in Red Deer and Edmonton.

Blazers’ goaltender Garand has already made the team.

Hockey Canada will keep each of the three goaltenders — Garand, Sebastian Cossa of the Edmonton Oil Kings and Brett Brochu of the London Knights — it has invited to selection camp.

Garand was in the backup role for the silver-medal winning Canadian team at the 2021 world juniors.

The Victoria product is 14-2-0-0 for the Blazers this season, with a 1.76 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. He leads the WHL in wins and save percentage.

Garand, who was selected by the New York Rangers in the 2020 NHL Draft, is in his fourth season with the Blazers. He has toiled for Hockey Canada at the under-17, under-18 and under-20 levels.

Stankoven is among 20 forwards invited to camp.

The 18-year-old Kamloops product is fifth in WHL scoring, with 12 goals and 29 points in 19 games.

Stankoven won gold with Canada’s under-18 team in May, recording eight points in seven games at the tournament.

He toiled for Canada at the under-17 level and participated in the national junior team summer development camp this past August.

Stankoven is a 2021 second-round NHL Draft pick of the Dallas Stars and is co-captain of his hometown Blazers.

The Blazers most recently sent at least two players to world juniors in back-to-back years in 1995 and 1996.

Darcy Tucker and Nolan Baumgartner toiled for Canada in 1995. Baumgartner, Hnat Domenichelli, Jarome Iginla and Jason Holland represented the Great White North in 1996.

Garand and Connor Zary were on the Canadian roster in 2021.