Atlantic Canada's top male university hockey players are trying out in Fredericton on Sunday for a spot to play at the World University Hockey Games.

The competition takes place every two years, and attracts some of the best in university sports.

Forty-four hockey players have been selected for this weekend's evaluation camp. Head coach Gardiner MacDougall says 22 will make the team.

"There are a number of top candidates but at this stage, we finish up with our final inter squad scrimmage, it's a good opportunity for players here," he said.

"Competition will be very tight, really tough decisions for the coaching staff when we get down to final selections. It's an ongoing process. This is really the second step; the first step was to get to this camp. After this weekend, as the coaching staff, we'll evaluate the players based on his performance and how they've performed so far in the league and we have some plans for the fall as well."

MacDougall says Sunday’s scrimmage is open to the public at the Grant Harvey.

The final team will be selected in November, a month before the games which will be held in Italy.