Hockey

Toews invited to Team Canada training camp

Junior prospect Jonathan Toews will skate with Team Canada during its training camp ahead of next week's world hockey championship.

Junior prospect Jonathan Toews will skate with Team Canada during its training camp ahead of next week's world hockey championship.

Toews, an 18-year-old star with the University of North Dakota, will train with the team in Finland during its three-day training camp.

The world hockey championship kicks off next Friday in Russia and Canada's first game is April 28 against Germany, but Toews isn't expected to be named to the final Canadian roster.

Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman has already named 13 players, and more will be added as NHL teams are eliminated from the playoffs.

Toews helped the Canadian junior team win back-to-back gold medals at the world championships in 2006 and 2007.

Selected third overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in last year's NHL draft, Toews hasn't announced whether he'll turn professional before next season or return to school.

St. Louis Blues forward Jay McClement was among seven other players added to Canada's roster on Thursday.

McClement, 23, played for Canada at two world junior championships.

The Kingston, Ont., native had eight goals and 36 points in 81 games this season for the Blues, where he played most of the season under Team Canada coach Andy Murray.

European-based defencemen Cory Murphy, Jame Pollock and Pascal Trepanier will join the national team in Finland along with forwards Rene Corbet, Martin Kariya and Stacy Roest.

Canada finished fourth at last year's world championship in Latvia.

With files from the Associated Press

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