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Victoria Grizzlies alum and last year’s BCHL leading scorer and MVP Alex Newhook has been invited to Team Canada’s selection camp for the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships.
The 2019 Colorado Avalanche first-rounder is currently in his freshman season at Boston College where he’s put up six goals and five assists for 11 points in his first 13 games.
“Having the opportunity to be a part of the World Junior team is something I’m very excited about,” said Newhook. “It’s a team I’ve dreamed of playing for my whole life and I can’t wait to get started at camp.”
This won’t be Newhook’s first time wearing the red and white as last year he had 10 points in eight games for Canada at the Under-18 World Championships and also suited up for Team Canada West at last year’s World Junior A Challenge.
The St. John’s, N.L. product played two seasons for the Grizzlies from 2017 to 2019 and totaled 168 points in 98 regular-season games over his BCHL career. He won the Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year his first year before winning MVP and top scorer the following season. His 102 points last year made him the first player in the league to crack the 100-point milestone since the 2015-16 season.
Last summer he was selected 16th overall by Colorado at the NHL Draft in Vancouver.
Newhook joins a list of recent BCHL alums to suit up for Canada at the World Juniors that includes Penticton Vees alums Dante Fabbro (2017, 2018) and Tyson Jost (2017).
Canada’s camp goes from Dec. 9 to 12 in Oakville, Ont., while the tournament gets going for real on Boxing Day in the Czech Republic.
Canada opens its gold medal bid against the United States.