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Calgary, Alberta -- Hockey Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League has announced that eleven players have been released from Canada's 2007 National Junior Team Selection Camp in Calgary.

Among those let go Thursday morning was 19-year old center Codey Burki of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings. A second round draft choice of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, Burki was one of two Wheat Kings attending this week's camp. Defenceman Dustin Kohn meanwhile is one of nine defencemen still with the team that will be shooting for its third gold medal when the World Junior Hockey Championships kick off Boxing Day in Sweden.

Burki is currently second in the WHL scoring race with 21 goals and 5 points in 33 games. Kohn has 2 goals and 28 points in 26 games and is hoping to earn a berth on the roster, after being one of the club's final cuts last winter.

A former first round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings, Burki will spend Thursday travelling home to Winnipeg, before returning to Brandon on Friday.

Burki was one of four WHLers to be let go on Thursday. Joining him were Kootenay's Ben Maxwell, Devin Setoguchi of the Prince George Cougars and Keaton Ellerby of Kamloops.

The others released were Peterborough goalkeeper Trevor Cann, Drew Doughty of the Guelph Storm, Saginaw's Patrick McNeill, Angelo Esposito of the Quebec Remparts, Mathieu Perreault of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Kingston's Chris Stewart and 16-year old forward John Tavares of the Oshawa General. Tavares was hoping to become the first 16-year old to play for the Canadian team since Sidney Crosby.

Of the 11 released, seven can try out for the 2008 Canadian team because they were 18 years old or younger. Six more players will be released on Friday when the Canadian team is named.

Closer to home, the Wheat Kings bring the curtain down on the first half of their 2006-07 WHL season this weekend when they take on the Regina Pats in a home and home series, beginning Friday night at the Keystone Centre. Friday's game will featue the 10th Annual Shoppers Mall Teddy Bear Toss. Fans will be encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal to the game and when the Wheat Kings score their first goal, they can "toss their teddy" to the ice below. All stuffed animals collected will be donated to Christmas Cheer.

As well, fans attending Friday's game will have a chance to enter to win tickets to the 2007 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Vancouver. In celebration of the Holiday season, the WHL is giving fans the opportunity to watch games LIVE on the Web Free of Charge between December 28th and 30th.

Tickets to Friday's Teddy Bear Toss are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca.
 
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