TORONTO -- Tri-City forward Carter Ashton, acquired last week by the Americans in a deal with the Regina Pats, was named this morning to the final roster for the Canadian National Junior Team.
The 19-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was selected in the first round of the 2009 National Hockey League draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ashton, who has yet to play for the Tri-Cities, will wear No. 25 for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships, which runs Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Canada's final 22-man roster features nine skaters from the Western Hockey League, including seven forwards -- Brayden Schenn (Brandon), Quinton Howden (Moose Jaw), Curtis Hamilton (Saskatoon), Ryan Johansen (Portland), Cody Eakin (Swift Current), Brett Connolly (Prince George).
The two defensemen are Tyson Barrie (Kelowna) and Jared Cowen (Spokane).
Team Canada won silver in 2010, which snapped its string of five straight gold medals.