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Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St. Louis Blues in action against The Philadelphia Flyers during their game on November 7, 2009 at The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ((Al Bello/Getty Images) )

The invitations have been sent out for Canada's world junior hockey team, with some notable players missing from the list.

Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues, Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires and Cody Hodgson of the Brampton Battalion are among 36 players invited to the selection camp for the Canadian team that will try to win a sixth straight gold medal at the world junior hockey championship.

They are among seven returning players from last year's squad along with defenceman Colten Teubert and forward Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats, and forwards Patrice Cormier of the Rimouski Oceanic and Stefan Della Rovere of the Barrie Colts.

Also invited were two of the hottest prospects for the next NHL draft, forwards Taylor Hall of the Spitfires and Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers.

The Dec. 12-16 camp in Regina will serve to select the 22-man roster for the world junior tournament beginning Dec. 26 in Regina and Saskatoon.

The invitees include four goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 20 forwards.

Not on the list were a number of junior-age players now in the NHL, including John Tavares of the New York Islanders, Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Tyler Myers of the Buffalo Sabres.