Morrissey to represent Canada again

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Josh Morrissey will wear the Maple Leaf next week at a tournament in Europe.

The Prince Albert Raiders defenceman has been named to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 team, which will participate in the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament from Aug. 13-18 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The Calgary product also took part in the World Under-18 Championships in the Czech Republic in April, recording three assists in seven games in a bronze medal effort as an under-age player.

Canada has won the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament four consecutive years, and has won 17 of 21 summer under-18 tournaments since 1991.

Canada will face Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game in Piestany on Saturday, Aug. 11 before opening the tournament against Switzerland on Monday, Aug. 13. They then face Sweden on Aug. 14 and Slovakia on Aug. 15 with the semifinals on Aug. 17 and the final on Saturday, Aug. 18

Morrissey led the Raiders defence in scoring last season, with 10 goals and 28 assists, setting a team record for points by a 16-year-old defenceman. The sixth overall pick in the 2010 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft finished second in scoring by rookie defenceman and third in scoring by all 16-year-olds in the WHL.

Organizations: Western Hockey League Bantam Draft

Geographic location: Canada, Czech Republic, Slovakia Maple Leaf Europe Calgary Piestany Switzerland Sweden

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