On Boxing Day, Haligonians could be cheering for three Halifax Mooseheads on Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Benoit-Olivier Groulx, Raphael Lavoie and Jared McIsaac are among 31 players heading to Oakville, Ontario next week to participate in the World Junior selection camp.
According to the Mooseheads, McIsaac is thought to be a lock to make the team. He's one of three returnees from the 2019 team. The Detroit Red Wings prospect recently returned to the Herd's roster after shoulder surgery in June, playing in his first game of the season on Saturday.
Lavoie currently leads the Moose in scoring with 41 points in 28 games and Groulx has an opportunity to crack the bottom six forwards.
Goalie Alexis Gravel and defenceman Justin Barron participated in Hockey Canada's summer development camp, but didn't get invites.
The Halifax Mooseheads have the most players invited to camp in the Canadian Hockey League.
Bedford's Peter Diliberatore will also be heading to Oakville. The Vegas Golden Knights' 2018 sixth-round draft pick plays in the NCAA for Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
In all, 4 goaltenders, 10 defencemen and 17 forwards, will be attending the camp from Dec. 9-12, vying for spots on the final roster.
"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," said Canada's head scout Brad McEwen in a news release.
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship kicks off on Boxing Day as Canada faces the U.S. at 2 p.m.
You can listen to the game on NEWS 95.7.