Kelowna Rockets forward Nolan Foote is one of 43 players invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp, the organization announced Wednesday.
The camp runs July 27 to Aug. 4 in Plymouth, Mich.
The five goaltenders, 13 defencemen and 25 forwards will be split into two teams – Red and White. The Canadians will play four games in Plymouth, taking on the United States twice in addition to games against Finland and Sweden.
Brad McEwen, head scout for the Program of Excellence, and POE management group member Mark Hunter, put the roster together, and will continue to monitor the athletes through the start of the 2019-20 season ahead of the 2020 World Junior Championship in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.
“We’re very pleased with the group that will be brought together in Plymouth,” said Shawn Bullock, director of men’s national teams. “This is a development opportunity for some of the younger athletes, and it’s a great opportunity for our coaching staff and players to start developing a solid relationship ahead of the World Juniors.”
Foote's 36 goals this past season led the Rockets in scoring, with 17 of them coming on the power play. He was second in team scoring with 63 points (36G, 27A) and lead the team in shots on goal this season with 236. He was named the Rockets most valuable player.
He put his talents on display for Team WHL at the Canada/Russia Series in October and Team Cherry at the Top Prospects Game in January. He placed in the top 25 of seven fitness tests while attending the NHL Scouting Combine.
Foote hopes to hear his name called this weekend at the NHL Draft. The six-foot-three, 183-pound forward is ranked 37th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting on their final rankings.
He's a projected second-round pick.