×

Makar, Ferraro competing to represent Team Canada in World Junior Championships

  • UMass freshman Cale Makar will attend Team Canada’s selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Championships. GAZETTE STAFF/CAROLINE O’CONNOR

  • UMass freshman Mario Ferraro will attend Team Canada’s selection camp for the upcoming World Junior Championships. GAZETTE STAFF/CAROLINE O’CONNOR



@MattVautourDHG
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Cale Makar and Mario Ferraro are both one step away from playing for Team Canada in the World Junior Championship.

The UMass freshman defensemen were two of four collegiate players named to Canada’s 32-player selection camp that will begin preparation for the tournament in Buffalo, New York, later this month. The pool will be narrowed down to a 23-man roster. It’s possible, albeit unlikely, that some other players could be added if they’re loaned to Team Canada by their NHL teams.

UMass will complete its first semester play Sunday at Union before an almost month-long break. Makar and Ferraro will go to the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 12-15 for selection camp that will include three exhibition games.

Makar, who has a goal and seven assists for the Minutemen, was part of Team Canada’s summer camp for this event. The Colorado Avalanche first-round pick is one of 11 first-rounders invited to the camp.

Ferraro, who has three goals and three assists, is one of four new additions, and the only defenseman, to the roster pool. He was a second-round selection of the San Jose Sharks.

Games begin Dec. 26. The round-robin portion runs until Dec. 31. Medal play begin Jan. 2 and runs until Jan. 5.

Depending if the Minutemen make it or how far Canada advances, Makar and Ferraro could miss at most two games – Jan. 5 at Yale and Jan. 6 at UMass-Lowell.

FUTURE MINUTEMAN HONORED — Future UMass defenseman Marc Del Gaizo was named to the East roster of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that puts the top United States junior league’s players on display. Del Gaizo, a native of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has a goal and seven assists for the Muskegeon Lumberjacks this season. The 5-foot-9 blue-liner is expected to enroll at UMass next year.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage