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North Bay’s Lyle invited to under-18 camp

NORTH BAY, Ont. – Brady Lyle of the North Bay Battalion is one of eight Ontario Hockey League defencemen invited to the selection camp for the Canadian summer under-18 team, it was announced Monday.

The selection camp runs from July 29 to Aug. 2 at Calgary before a 22-man roster leaves for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament to be conducted Aug. 8-12 at Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia.

A total of 44 players, numbering four goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 24 forwards, are to take part in three Red-White intrasquad games before the Canadian roster is named.

North Bay native Lyle, who stands six-foot-two and weighs 187 pounds, was the Battalion’s first-round pick, 18th overall, in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school of Faribault, Minn.

Lyle, who turned 17 on June 6, played 44 games as a rookie last season, scoring one goal and earning nine assists for 10 points while accumulating 14 penalty minutes. He missed the first 23 games of the schedule after suffering a broken collarbone in exhibition play.

Battalion coach Stan Butler directed the Canadians to victory in the 2015 Ivan Hlinka tournament, marking the eighth straight title for Canada and the 11th win in the last 12 tourneys.

Ryan Jankowski, director of player personnel for Hockey Canada, oversaw player selections.

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