A pair of Oshawa Generals got the call from Hockey Canada to play some summer hockey for their country recently.
Both Brett Harrison, 19, and Calum Ritchie, 17, have been invited either to camps or to play on the roster of separate teams.
Ritchie, from Oakville, was Oshawa’s first-round, second overall pick in the 2021 OHL draft and had an excellent 2021-22 rookie season. The six-foot-two, 180-pound center scored 19 goals and had 26 assists for 45 points in 65 games.
That earned Ritchie a spot on Canada’s U-18 team for the upcoming Ivan Hlinka tournament from July 31 to Aug. 6 in Red Deer, Alta. He has already played in a Hockey Canada event last season at the Capital City Challenge for U17 players, scoring five goals and six assists for 11 points in just five games. He scored the winning goal for Team Black in a 5-4 overtime win over Team Red in the championship game of the tournament.
Rated a top prospect for the 2023 NHL draft, Ritchie said, “playing for and representing Canada is a huge honor. I’m really looking forward to the start of the tournament and going for gold.”
Team Canada opens the U18 tournament at 9 pm on July 31 against Switzerland.
Harrison, a six-foot-two, 185-pound forward was added to Hockey Canada’s national junior team summer development camp roster, the first step toward choosing the final roster for the 2023 World Junior Championship in Halifax and Moncton.
Harrison, from Dorchester, Ontario, just finished his second season with the Generals and was second in team scoring with 27 goals and 34 assists for 61 points in 68 games. He was chosen in the third round, 85th overall, in the 2021 NHL draft by the Boston Bruins.
He played for Canada’s national men’s U18 team, earning gold at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship in Texas and scored two goals in seven games. Harrison also played for Team Canada White in the 2020 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring two goals in six games.
The national junior team summer development camp started July 23 and runs until July 27 in Calgary.