Vrana, Vanecek, Bowey headed to WJC camp

Vrana, Vanecek, Bowey headed to WJC camp
July 30, 2014, 11:00 am
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The Capitals got a glimpse of their future earlier this month when shifty Czech forward Jakub Vrana and goaltender Vitek Vanecek participated in the club’s development camp.

On Tuesday, Vrana and Vanecek were informed they’ll need to pack their bags again as invitees to the Czech Republic’s summer development camp for the 2015 World Junior Championships.

The camp, which also will also includes teams from Canada and Russia, will take place Aug. 3-8 in Montreal. The 2015 World Junior Championships will be played in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 5, 2015.

Vrana was taken 13th overall by the Caps at the June 27-28 NHL Draft, while Vanecek was taken with the 39th pick of the same draft. Both recently signed entry-level contracts with the Capitals. Vrana is expected to return to the Swedish League next season, while Vanecek is expected to return to the Czech Republic.

Capitals defensive prospect Madison Bowey, taken 53rd overall in 2013, has been invited to Team Canada’s development camp. He is expected to challenge for a spot with the Capitals in training camp but is more likely to play one more season with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.

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(It is worth noting that if Bowey, Vrana and Vanecek are not on the Capitals’ roster, they will not count against the NHL’s 50-man roster limit).

Canada has been beaten by Russia in the bronze-medal game the past two WJCs, while the Czechs finished sixth in last year’s tournament.

The teams from Canada, Russia and the Czech Republic will practice and play games around the Montreal area throughout next week. The Czechs also will take part in the USA Hockey evaluation camp, playing against the Americans on Aug. 9 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

For the 2015 World Junior Championships, Canada will play in Group A, along with defending champion Finland, Germany, Slovakia and the United States. All five teams will play their preliminary games at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Group B will consist of Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland and will play preliminary games at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The semifinals and the bronze- and gold-medal games will take place in Toronto.

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