Tyrell, Tokarski Named to Team Canada WJC Selection Camp
Lightning prospects Dana Tyrell and Dustin Tokarski are two of 38 players invited by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League to Canada's National Junior selection camp from Dec.11-15 at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, Ont., and the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, Que.
Tyrell previously attended Canada's summer camp in 2007, and Tokarski attended the 2008 summer camp. Neither has world junior experience.
Tokarski joins Chet Pickard (Tri-City [Nashville]), Tyson Sexsmith (Vancouver Giants [San Jose]) and Jake Allen (Montreal [St. Louis]) as possible goaltenders for Team Canada - a role with much fanfare and criticism.
Tyrell is currently 12th in the WHL in scoring with 18 goals and 17 assists in 27 games. The Prince George captain is versatile enough to play on all four lines and plays a high-character physical game, which could help his chances of making the team.
Tokarski is second in the entire CHL in shutouts (tie-3), is second in save percentage (.937) to the OHL's Mike Murphy of Bellville [Carolina], and is fourth in the CHL in goals against average (2.02, second in WHL). He backstopped the Spokane Chiefs to the 2008 WHL and Memorial Cup championships, earning Memorial Cup MVP honors in the process. He also led his Prince Albert Mintos to the prestigious Telus Cup national midget championship two years ago with a 61 save performance in triple overtime in the final game.
The last Lightning draftee to play for Team Canada's WJC squad was Brad Richards in 2000. Steven Stamkos played for the Canadians last year but was not yet drafted by the Lightning. Stamkos is eligible to play again this year, but it is highly unlikely the rookie will leave the NHL to do so.