The Moose Jaw Warriors' captain will be joining the team's head coach at Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp.

Josh Brook was among the 34 players invited by Hockey Canada to next week's camp, which will run Dec. 11-14 in Victoria. He will join Tim Hunter, who is serving as head coach of Team Canada this year.

"It's a huge honour and another step towards trying to make a dream come true to play in the World Juniors and it feels awesome," said Brook after Hockey Canada made the announcement on Monday afternoon.

The selection camp roster features only two returnees from last year's gold medal-winning squad with forwards Maxime Comtois and Alex Formenton returning for another opportunity to represent Canada.

With no returning defencemen, the door is wide open for 12 defencemen to take on key roles with the team.

Brook has put together a splendid start to his 19-year-old season, as he currently leads WHL defenceman with eight goals, while his 29 points in 22 games sit fourth among defencemen this season.

"I've taken my game up a notch this season compared to the last couple," said Brook. "I've played with confidence, played at both ends of the ice hard and I've just kept trying to get better as this season has gone on."

Brook was one of three Warriors that earned an invite to Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase camp, but fellow defenceman Jett Woo and forward Justin Almeida were left off the selection camp roster.

Brook has previously worn at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, World Under-18 Hockey Championship, and Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Having his head coach leading the coaching staff will no doubt benefit Brook, but the Montreal Canadiens prospect said that he still needs to prove that he's ready for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Under-20 level.

"I just have to show him what I've been showing him all year, just sticking to my game and not trying to complicate things, playing a simple game, but being effective," said Brook.

There are seven players in total from the Western Hockey League invited to this year's camp, including Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Ty Smith from the Spokane Chiefs, Brett Leason and Ian Scott from the Prince Albert Raiders, Portland Winterhawks forward Cody Glass, and Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman Calen Addison.

The players will travel in Victoria next Monday and the camp will continue run Dec. 14 with the Canadians facing off against the U Sports All-Stars in a three-game series on Dec. 12-14.

Following the camp, Canada will take on Switzerland, Slovakia and Finland in pre-tournament action on Dec. 19, 21, and 23, respectively.

"I'm super excited," said Brook. "It's going to be very fast, intense hockey and you've just got to ramp your game up even more and be ready to go."

The 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship opens on Boxing Day with Canada facing Denmark at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

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