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Sunday, December 17, 2017

PATS' MAHURA REJOINS TEAM CANADA

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Defenceman Josh Mahura will be re-joining Canada's junior hockey team for its 2018 IIHF world junior pre-tournament schedule.

Hockey Canada announced the move Sunday, two days after Mahura was cut from the squad along with three other players.

Mahura, a blue liner with the WHL's Regina Pats, was re-added as the team monitors defenceman Dante Fabbro's lower-body injury. Fabbro is receiving treatment and may be eligible to return for the championship tournament, which begins Dec. 26 in Buffalo.

``We are thankful to Josh for agreeing to return to the team for the pre-tournament phase in our preparations,'' said Joel Bouchard of Hockey Canada's program of excellence management group. ``We also want to thank the Regina Pats, the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League for their support through this process.''

Canada will play a pair of pre-tournament games - Dec. 20 against the Czech Republic in London, Ont., and against Switzerland on Dec. 22 in Hamilton - before finalizing their roster on Dec. 24.

(Canadian Press)

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