December is almost here. You know what’s in December? Hockey. And Christmas. And the day after Christmas, more hockey. Specifically: the World Junior Hockey Championships.
The fun thing about the U-20s is that most of the players on these teams have already been drafted, which gives us a little extra incentive to watch them. Sure, there’s Team USA, and we all hope the Americans do well - but the Philadelphia Flyers have prospects of other nationalities, too.
In this case, we’re talking about Canada.
Team Canada has released its selection camp roster, and good news: two Flyers are on it. Both Philippe Myers and Carter Hart will have the chance to play for Team Canada on one of the world’s biggest international stages.
Myers turns 20 on Jan. 25, so this is his last year to play in the tournament. He’s 6’5, he’s 209 lbs., and he’s a defenseman who currently has 14 points in 15 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. He’s second in team scoring for defensemen - and that’s with having played 11 fewer games than the other guy.
Hart, meanwhile, was picked up just this past June when the Flyers took him at 48th overall. He’s the youngest of the three goalies Team Canada has chosen to take, and with a .937 save percentage for the Everett Silvertips through 20 games this season, he has the best numbers of the three, too. Scratch that, aside from a rookie who has only played a quarter of the games he has, he leads the entire WHL in save percentage.
Also, he’s Everett’s noted #Number1HockeyBoy.
Neither Myers nor Hart have officially made the team yet, but it’s pretty easy to see both of them playing in a Canada jersey come Dec. 26.