Two members of the Regina Pats are hoping to get a phone call from Hockey Canada Wednesday.
It is expected Sam Steel will get the call to try and represent Canada at the 2018 World Juniors in Buffalo with teammate Josh Mahura hoping his phone will ring too.
“If I get the opportunity, it will be a huge honour. It is definitely a team I want to be on, and I came close to getting on it last year.” Steel said Tuesday. “Having been through this last year, I know what to expect so I am familiar with everything so I will be a little more comfortable.”
After attending Anaheim Ducks training camp in September, Steel returned to Regina and has continued to prove his worth, scoring 12 goals and adding 18 assists in 24 games this season.
While Steel is expecting that call to come, Mahura isn’t sure even though he played with Canada at a summer event in Michigan.
“If I get the call to go, I’ll be ready. “Mahura said before the Pats stepped on the Brandt Centre ice to practice in advance of a game Wednesday in Brandon. “It is in the back of my mind right now as much as you don’t want it to be so I’ll just wait to hear whether or not I get the invite and take it from there.”
Canada’s selection camp will be held in St. Catharines, Ont., next week as Hockey Canada whittles its roster down to 23 players. Part of that process includes games against a team of all-stars from U Sports on December 13 and 14 and then an exhibition game against Denmark on December 15.
Besides Steel and Mahura, others expected to get a call with a Saskatchewan connection include Moose Jaw’s Brett Howden, and Swift Current’s Tyler Steenbergen who leads the WHL in goals with 35. Another Saskatchewan connection is Shaunavon’s Kole Lind. The forward plays for the Kelowna Rockets, and is a draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks.
The 2018 World Juniors go in Buffalo December 26-January 5.