Hockey Canada released a list of 37 candidates for this year’s WJC team on Monday. Hamilton, a quintessential two-way blueliner with the OHL’s Niagara Ice Dogs, will be joined by two fellow budding Bruins and current OHL adversaries in goalie Malcolm Subban and forward Anthony Camara.
Hamilton kept a perfect point-per-game pace in last year’s 20-and-under World Championship, helping the Canadians to a bronze medal. In the tournament finale, his secondary assist on Tanner Pearson’s power-play icebreaker set up the eventual winner in a 4-0 victory over Finland.
Subban, who succeeded Hamilton as Boston’s freshest first-round draft choice last spring, previously represented Canada in the 18-and-under version of the IIHF World Championship. He put in five appearances and won three decisions, retaining a 2.72 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in that span.
Both Hamilton and Subban played in the summer’s four-game Canada-Russia Challenge. Hamilton slugged home a power-play conversion for the eventual clincher in the opening match on Aug. 7 before Subban claimed credit for the victory in the deciding contest a week later.
Camara has no prior experience representing his country, but he did see action with Team OHL in last month’s Subway Super Series. His prolific partner in that game, Mark Scheifele, is another one of the 2011 World Junior veterans looking for a second crack at gold.
With 14 cuts still to come, the invitees will convene in Calgary a week from Tuesday for a three-day tryout. The 23 players still standing will venture to Ufa, Russia, for the tournament, which begins Dec. 26.
Another Boston draftee, Matt Grzelcyk, could see his name released in a similar fashion this Tuesday morning, when USA Hockey is scheduled to publish its own WJC training camp scroll. Grzelcyk, a Boston University freshman who was chosen 85th overall this past spring, was one of 11 defensemen participating in the Americans’ evaluation camp over the summer.