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Pair of Barrie Colts invited to world junior development camp

Forward Tyson Foerster and defenceman Brandt Clarke have been invited to participate in camp in Alberta

A pair of Barrie Colts are among the 18 Ontario Hockey League players who have been invited to Hockey Canada's national junior team summer development camp, which begins later this month in Alberta.

Forward Tyson Foerster and defenceman Brandt Clarke will take part in the camp, scheduled to take place July 28 to Aug. 4 at the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex on the Tsuut'ina Nation near Calgary.

Two OHL goaltenders, four defencemen and 10 forwards are among the 51 players who will attend the eight-day camp, which includes a variety of on and off-ice sessions. The camp will also feature combined practices and intrasquad games with players attending Canada's National Men's Under 18 Team Summer Development Camp on Aug. 2-3.

The roster includes three OHL players who won a silver medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship (Quinton Byfield, Jamie Drysdale and Cole Perfetti). Of the 18 invited, 11 were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft while six hope to hear their names called at this coming weekend's 2021 NHL Draft and one  Shane Wright  is eligible in 2022.

Foerster is a Philadelphia Flyers prospect, selected 23rd overall in the 2020 NHL Draft, while Clarke is expected to be taking early in the first round of this year's draft, which gets underway Friday night. 

Foerster, a 19-year-old Alliston native, played last season with the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms, where he scored 10 goals and added seven assists in 24 games. 

With last year's OHL season cancelled due to the pandemic, 18-year-old Clarke played with Nove Zamky Mikron HC in the Slovakian men's league, scoring six goals and had seven assists in 26 games. 

OHL players invited to Hockey Canada's national junior team summer development camp include:

Goaltenders:
Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)

Defencemen:
Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts)
Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)
Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)
Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)

Forwards:
Luke Evangelista (London Knights)
Tyson Foerster (Barrie Colts)
Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)
Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals)
Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs)
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

Invited, but not attending:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves/Los Angeles Kings)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters/Anaheim Ducks)

The 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship returns to Canadian ice this winter, with Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., set to co-host the popular annual tournament, which begins on Boxing Day and continues until Jan. 5, 2022.

Games will be played at Rogers Place, the home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and at the Peavey Mart Centrium, home of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels.