The final cuts leaked out early Wednesday morning and defenseman Tyson Barrie was happy to learn that he had secured a spot on the Canadian National Junior Team that will compete in the upcoming World Junior Championship (WJC) in Buffalo, NY. It's unknown how large of a role Barrie will have with the team, but it's a huge honor for the Victora, BC native.
“My first reaction was relief when the coaches told me. And then came huge excitement,” said the 19-year-old, five-foot-10 defenceman.
“I’m still soaking it in. The first people I called were my dad and mom and then my buddies.”
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Barrie is the reigning WHL Defenseman of the Year and has 25 points in 23 games for the Kelowna Rockets this season. Calvin Pickard wasn't as lucky. He was among the final cuts from the Canadian selection camp roster. Pickard struggled and despite his outstanding season with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL), he played himself off the Canadian roster with his poor showing during the camp scrimmages. Still, Pickard will have another chance as he is eligible to participate in the 2012 WJC.