Thursday, July 14, 2011
Jamie Oleksiak declines invite to USA camp
By Mark Stepneski
There was some movement today on the issue of which country Dallas Stars defense prospect Jamie Oleksiak will try out for when it comes to the 2012 World Junior Championship.
Team USA added a couple of players to its development camp roster today and removed Oleksiak, who was originally on the roster but declined the invitation. That clears the way for Oleksiak to try out for Canada’s World Junior team.
The Hockey News reported earlier this month that Oleksiak, Dallas’ first round pick (14th overall) in this summer’s draft), had decided to try out for Canada’s team, instead of the USA’s. Oleksiak declined comment on the report last week, saying he had a tough decision ahead.
Oleksiak has dual citizenship and could play for either country. He played for the U.S. in international competition before but never in an IIHF event such as the World Juniors. Once a player suits up for a country in an IIHF event he is locked in to play for that country internationally.
Hockey Canada has not made any announcement about Oleksiak’s addition to Canada’s World Juniors development camp, which will be held in early August.
Right wing Brett Ritchie, the Stars’ second round pick (44th overall) in this summer’s draft, is scheduled to attend Canada’s camp in August.
Goaltender Jack Campbell, Dallas’ first round pick (11th overall) in 2010, will attend Team USA’s World Juniors evaluation, which will be held in August as well. Campbell has played for the USA at the last two World Juniors, helping the team win a gold medal in 2010 and then a bronze in 2011.
Teams from Sweden and Finland will also participate in the U.S. camp, where the three teams will play a series of exhibition games. Stars defense prospects Patrik Nemeth and John Klingberg are on Sweden’s roster for the camp, which will be held in Lake Placid, NY. Nemeth and Klingberg both played for Sweden at the 2011 World Juniors.