North Delta's Nic Petan (left) of the Portland Winterhawks has been invited to Hockey Canada's WJC selection camp.

North Delta's Nic Petan (left) of the Portland Winterhawks has been invited to Hockey Canada's WJC selection camp.

Petan gets invite to Hockey Canada selection camp

Among 25 players trying out for Junior national team

North Delta’s Nic Petan is among 25 players named to Hockey Canada’s selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championships.

The 5’9″ 166-pound centre is in his third full season with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. Petan, 19, was drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in last June’s National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Petan is second among WHL scorers with 19 goals and 60 points in 28 games played, and is a league-best plus-24.

The Hockey Canada selection camp will run Dec. 12-15 in Toronto, after which 22 players will be chosen to play for the national team at the World Junior Championship tournament Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Malmo, Sweden.

Last season, Petan tallied 46 goals and added 74 assists in 71 games to tie for the league scoring lead with 120 points. He added another nine goals and 28 points in 21 playoff games.

He was invited to the 33-player Hockey Canada Under-20 Summer Camp in August in Lake Placid, New York, playing three exhibition games against Finland, Sweden and the United States.

He was then invited to the Young Stars Classic in Penticton in September, where he played for the Jets prospect team in a five-day series against four other NHL clubs, rejoining the Winterhawks a week later.

Surrey North Delta Leader