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Canada Calls Two Troops

December 5, 2023 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
North Bay Battalion News Release

NORTH BAY, Ont. - Dom DiVincentiis and Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion are among 11 Ontario Hockey League players invited to the selection camp for Canada's national junior team, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

They are scheduled to report to Oakville, Ont., for the camp, to be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex for four days starting Sunday. The camp is to feature 30 hopefuls, numbering four goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 16 forwards.

The 2024 World Junior Championship, featuring 10 teams, is to be played Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 at Gothenburg, Sweden.

"We're thrilled that Ty and Dom are able to compete for a chance at representing Canada at the world juniors," said Battalion general manager Adam Dennis.

"Both have shown their worth time and time again in North Bay and are certainly worthy of this opportunity. We look forward to cheering them on through this process and know they'll make us all proud."

Goaltender DiVincentiis has a won-lost-extended record of 7-6-1 in 15 games this season, having recovered from a sprained ankle suffered Oct. 29 in a 5-4 victory over the visiting Sudbury Wolves. He has a goals-against average of 3.75 and a save percentage of .876.

In 90 games over two-plus seasons, DiVincentiis, a Bolton, Ont., resident who turned 19 on March 4, is 57-23-4 with a 2.64 GAA, a .908 save percentage and five shutouts.

A sixth-round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Vaughan Kings minor midgets, DiVincentiis won the Jim Rutherford Trophy last season as the OHL's goaltender of the year. He was a seventh-round choice of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2022 National Hockey League Draft.

Defenceman Nelson, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 Priority Selection from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens minor midgets, has scored 11 goals and earned 19 assists for 30 points in 26 games this season. In 159 games in two-plus campaigns, he has 44 goals and 113 assists for 157 points, all franchise records for a rearguard.

The Seattle Kraken selected Nelson, a Toronto resident who turned 19 on March 30, in the third round of the 2022 NHL draft.

He won a bronze medal with Canada in the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games at Lausanne, Switzerland.

The roster selection was led by Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada's senior vice-president of high performance and hockey operations, and Peter Anholt of the Western Hockey League's Lethbridge Hurricanes, the under-20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, in consultation with Brent Seabrook.

Also providing input were head coach Alan Letang of the Sarnia Sting, assistant coaches Gilles Bouchard of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Sherbrooke Phoenix, Shaun Clouston of the WHL's Kamloops Blazers and Scott Walker of the Guelph Storm, as well as goaltending consultant Justin Pogge.

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