The Regina Pats could have two members of their team playing for Canada at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship later this month in Buffalo.
On Wednesday afternoon, Hockey Canada named forward Sam Steel and defenceman Josh Mahura to the squad.
Steel, a first round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2016, will be attending his second World Junior selection camp. The Sherwood Park, Alberta product was among the final cuts ahead of the 2017 tournament.
Steel is the reigning WHL Player of the year and led the entire Canadian Hockey League with 131 points last season. In 24 games this year, Steel has scored 12 goals and has 30 points.
Mahura, also a draft pick of the Ducks in the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, will be attending his first selection camp. The product of St. Albert, Alberta has scored eight goals and has 23 points in 24 games so far this season.
Last year, Mahura put up 53 points in 73 games and was signed by the Ducks. He went on to put up eight goals and 21 points in 23 playoff games in 2017.
Both Steel and Mahura will leave for selection camp on December 11.
Others invited to the 32 man camp include Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brett Howden, Swift Current Broncos forward Tyler Steenburgen and Shaunavon’s Kole Lind, a forward with the Kelowna Rockets. Lind and the Rockets will be at the Brandt Centre Friday to take on the Pats as they return home after an eight -game homestand which wraps up in Brandon Wednesday.