Moose Jaw Warriors captain Brett Howden made it through the first round of cuts at Hockey Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp on Thursday night.
Team Canada announced that they cut six players after falling 4-3 to the U Sports All-Stars in the second exhibition game of the camp.
Shaunavon’s Kole Lind, who was the only Saskatchewan-born player at the camp; Portland Winterhawks forward Cody Glass and Prince George Cougars defenceman Dennis Cholowski were among the players cut on Thursday.
Glass was one of two first round picks that didn’t survive Thursday’s chopping block with Winnipeg Jets prospect Logan Stanley also getting cut.
Forward Jonathan Ang of the Peterborough Petes and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies goalie Samuel Harvey were also released by Canada.
Howden didn’t play in Thursday’s exhibition game after dressing for Canada in Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the U Sports All-Stars.
There’s still 27 players remaining in camp with the Canadian national junior team. Hockey Canada will need to trim the roster down to 22 players before the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship opens on Dec. 26 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Canada will face Denmark in an exhibition game on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the final roster expected to be announced following the game.