Cranbrook’s Bowen Byram and former Kootenay Ice captain Peyton Krebs have been invited to Hockey Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Byram and Krebs are two of 31 players that got an invite to the National Junior Team Selection Camp, including 17 forwards, 10 defensemen, and four goaltenders.

The selection camp will run from December 9th to 12th in Oakville, Ontario as Hockey Canada builds its roster for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship December 26th through January 6th in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic.

“After a long evaluation process through summer camp, the early weeks of the CHL season and the Canada-Russia Series, we are nearing the final steps in selecting the roster that will represent Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Brad McEwen, Head Scout for Hockey Canada. “We are expecting a highly competitive camp from these 31 players, and we know there will be many difficult decisions when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in the Czech Republic.”

Byram and Krebs both have strong chances of making the final roster after previously representing Canada at the 2017 U17 World Hockey Championship, the 2018 U18 World Junior Hockey Championship and the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Byram (3G, 14A) has 17 points in 24 games with the Vancouver Giants this season and was drafted fourth overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2019 NHL Draft. Krebs (5A) just returned to game action from a partially torn Achilles tendon, but has five points in five games with the Winnipeg Ice, getting selected 17th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Canada begins its quest for gold on Boxing Day against the United States at 11:00 am MST.