The World Junior Summer Showcase, which kicks off next weekend in Plymouth, Michigan, just got a little less interesting for Canucks fans.
It was announced on Friday that the Canucks' 2019 second-round pick, Nils Hoglander, will not be suiting up for Team Sweden.
Apparently Hoglander is not injured.
Soderstrom, of course, was knocked out of the World U18 tournament in Sweden last April after suffering a concussion, but was on the ice in Arizona for development camp last month, after being drafted by the Coyotes. Hoglander also made a good on-ice impression as the top new prospect at the Canucks' development camp.
TSN has now announced its broadcast schedule
for both the Summer Showcase and the U18 Hlinka Gretzky tournament, which runs the following week.
Summer Showcase broadcasts kick off July 31 with a double-header: Canada vs. Finland at 10 a.m. PT followed by USA vs. Sweden at 1 p.m.
Without Hoglander, the Canucks will have three representatives at the tournament: Jett Woo and Carson Focht with Team Canada, and Toni Utunen with Finland.
Hoglander's absence from the summer tournament doesn't preclude him from being included on the World Juniors roster at Christmastime. This tournament is intended primarily as an evaluation camp for coaches and their respective federations.
On a brighter note—Vasily Podkolzin has been spotted on the ice at SKA Saint Petersburg's development camp.
Also, Quinn Hughes was on the ice with his brother Jack this week at the Bauer combine.
And Brock Boeser helped Team Bic to a 9-6 win over Tradition to improve their 2019 record to 2-0 at Da Beauty League.
Off the ice, congratulationss are in order for Bo Horvat and his betrothed, Holly, who are tying the knot on Friday!
From what I've seen so far, Bo's old London Knights teammate Max Domi looks like he'll be the most reliable documentarian of the festivities on his Instagram stories.
Also on Friday—Daniel and Henrik Sedin will receive their latest honour, as they are inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday.
According to the Hall's website
, the twins will not be in attendance, as they're in the midst of their annual summer pilgrimage back to Sweden with their families.
Other inductees at Friday's banquet, which will be MCed by comedian Gerry Dee, include former player and longtime Canucks scout Ron Delorme, Trail native Barret Jackman, long-time NHL linseman Shane Heyer, the 1997-98 South Surrey Eagles and builder Karen Wallace, who was a powerful force in the evolution of women's hockey.