DiPietro Makes Canada WJC Preliminary Squad
There are 32 players being called into Canada's preliminary World Junior Hockey squad including Windsor Spitfires netminder Michael DiPIetro.
The Amherstburg-native is up against three other goaltenders in the camp, including returning goalie Carter Hart from the WHL.
It's a big tournament for many kids in Canada and DiPietro has plenty of memories watching it himself at home.
"Probably when [Jordan] Eberle and [John] Tavares and they play, you remember them, and most recently in 2015 when they won with [Connor] McDavid," says DiPietro. "Every year come Christmas time it's gets closer and closer, you know you want to play for that team, but getting an opportunity to tryout for it and hopefully make it is really something you can put words to right now."
The Team Canada preliminary squad also includes 18 forwards and 10 defenceman. The camp is being held in St. Catharines.
Spitfires forward Logan Brown has been selected to the preliminary Team USA squad for the World Juniors.
"I've been sick for a couple of days here so I was actually napping when I got the call, but woke up and called him back and heard the news, so it was obviously a big relief. I want to go in there and make the team."
DiPietro calls it an honour to make the preliminary squad for Canada.
"Feels great. Obviously, I know that nothing is written in stone yet, I have to go there and win a job, but when you have your name associated with the World Juniors it always puts a smile on my face — just glad to get started."
Canada opens the World Junior Tournament in Buffalo on Boxing Day against Finland.
The USA opens the tournament against Denmark.
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— with files from Peter Langille