CALGARY, Alta. – Flint Firebirds’ forward Ty Dellandrea is one of just 34 players that have been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Check Selection Camp to be held Dec. 11-14 in Victoria, B.C. Following selection camp, the Canadian squad will be pared down to the final 22 players who will wear the Maple Leaf at the prestigious 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, commonly known as World Juniors, in Vancouver from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.
The IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Championship (WJC) is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for national under-20 ice hockey teams from around the world. They are traditionally held in late December, ending in early January. The tournament attracts the world’s top hockey players that are 18 and 19 years of age. However, some NHL teams do not release their top players as the tournament overlaps with the NHL season.
All 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship games are televised internationally across North America on TSN (English) & RDS (French) throughout Canada and on the NHL Network (English) throughout the United States. Additionally, all games are broadcast live on the TSN radio network in Canada and on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio throughout North America.
“It’s extremely exciting to be invited to the Selection Camp to represent Canada,” said Dellandrea. “It’s one step closer to making the team that you dream of playing for. I’m going to work as hard as I can and do everything possible to wear the Maple Leaf.”
Dellandrea, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward from Port Perry, Ont., became the first Flint Firebird to be selected in the first round of an NHL Draft when he was picked by the Dallas Stars 13th overall this past June. Dellandrea signed a three-year NHL entry-level contract with the Stars after playing in his first NHL pre-season game Sep. 18. During the 2017-18 season, he totaled 59 points (27G, 32A) in 67 games. After being selected by the Firebirds in the first-round, fifth overall, of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Dellandrea was named an assistant captain in his second season in Flint. He recorded five game-winning goals and 14 multi-point games during the 2017-18 campaign, including a five-point (3G, 2A) night on Dec. 16, 2017. Dellandrea was then named captain prior to the 2018-19 season, where he has 28 points (13AG, 15A) in 25 games, including eight multi-point games this campaign.
At the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 25, he scored two goals in 20 seconds en-route to setting an event record for the ‘fastest two goals scored by a single player.
On the international level, Dellandrea was one of just three under-aged players to be selected for Canada’s National Men’s U-18 Team for the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. He also played a key role on Canada’s National Men’s Summer U-18 Team that claimed gold at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Břeclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia in August. Most recently, Dellandrea tallied five points (2G, 3A), including a plus-5 rating in five games, and was named an assistant captain for Canada’s National Men’s U-18 Team at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia.
Dellandrea was also recognized as the Flint Firebirds Most Valuable Player (MVP) and winner for the Combined Academic & Athletics Excellence award for the 2017-18 season. He achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) at Grand Blanc High School in Michigan during his senior year.
Photo Credit: Andrea Cardin/HHOF-IIHF Images & Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images
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