Matt Caria and Jordan Smith are headed for Turkey, and not the kind they'll find on the Christmas dining table.
The Lakehead Thunderwolves duo were among 22 OUA all-stars named to Team Canada, which will represent the country at the FISU World University Games beginning next month.
Lakehead forward Kris Hogg did not make the cut.
“We are very pleased with the team we have assembled. The training camp was exceptional and the 31 student-athletes who participated made the selection process extremely difficult for us,” said Western coach Clarke Singer, whose staff finalized the roster following a 6-2 loss to Canadian world junior hopefuls on Tuesday night.
“We are very excited about the 22 players who are going to represent OUA, CIS and Canada at the Games and we look forward to challenging the best nations in the world for a gold medal.”
Caria leads the Wolves with 28 points at the Christmas break, while Smith has been the backbone of the Wolves defence since arriving four years ago.
Western leads the Canadian contingent with seven players named to the squad, including forwards Aaron Snow, Kevin Baker, Yashar Farmanara and Keaton Turkiwiecz, defencemen Geoff Killing and Scott Aarssen and goalie Anthony Grieco.
Other forwards going are UQTR’s Francis Charland, Guelph’s Thomas Kiriakou, McGill’s Maxime Langelier-Parent, Francis Verreault-Paul and Evan Vossen, Carleton’s Brandon MacLean, Waterloo’s Chris Ray and Laurier’s Jean-Michel Rizk.
Rounding out the blue-line are McGill’s Marc-Andre Dorion, Ottawa’s Dominic Jalbert, Guelph’s Tim Priamo and Waterloo’s Kyle Sonnenburg.
Windsor’s Jim Watt is the second goaltender on the squad.
Canada is slated to kick off the tournament on Jan. 27 in Erzurum, Turkey against Slovenia. They play Belarus two days later and Korea on Jan. 31, with the playoff round slated to begin Feb. 3.
Players will miss at least four games while wearing Canada's colours.