Spokane Chiefs defenseman and team captain Ty Smith is one of 31 players invited by Hockey Canada to their 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship selection camp, set to take place Dec. 9 – Dec. 12 in Oakville, Ontario. Smith is one of three potential returning players from last year’s national team.
The New Jersey Devils’ prospect appeared in all five games for Team Canada at the 2019 tournament last winter, recording three assists and going +2. Canada was eliminated by eventual gold medal winners Finland.
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, home of the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and will feature a pair of games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars on Dec. 11 and 12.
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship begins Thursday, December 26 in the Czech Republic. Canada will open their tournament schedule versus the United States (10 a.m. PT).
Canada has won 31 medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship since 1977, including 17 gold, nine silver and five bronze. Team Canada last took home gold in Buffalo in 2018.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along through social media on Facebook, Twitter and with #WorldJuniors.
Smith and the Chiefs host the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Tri-City Americans on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Spokane Arena. Saturday is the annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by The Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau. Fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to throw onto the ice after the Chiefs score their first goal. All donated toys are delivered to The Spokesman-Review Christmas Bureau to be distributed to families in need in the Spokane community.
Tickets for all Chiefs home games are available online or via the Chiefs’ Ticket Office, in-person at Spokane Arena or over the phone at 509-535-PUCK.