Brandon Pirri was released from Team Canada’s World Junior Championships selection camp this morning. He had survived the initial round of cuts on Tuesday, but not today’s final cuts.
Pirri was one of 39 players invited to the camp. The Blackhawks 2nd pick in the 2009 Entry Draft (2nd round #59th overall) was invited to this week’s selection camp after not being one of the 48 players who attended last summer’s Team Canada WJC development camp. Pirri was also one of only two players in the Under-20 camp who are currently playing professional hockey. The other being Brayden Schenn.
Pirri took this morning’s news very hard. Pirri, and the rest of this morning’s cuts received the news individually just after six o’clock at their hotel in Toronto. Pirri will now return to the Rockford IceHogs.
Dylan Olsen (1st round – 2009, #28th overall), defenseman with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (WCHA), will be the lone Blackhawks’ representative on Team Canada. Olsen is one of seven defenseman on the Canadian roster. Olsen is a Calgary native who was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.