Kane replaces injured Tyrell for Canadian juniors Staff

12/20/2008 7:38:29 PM

Reinforcements are on the way for the Canadian National junior team. 

Vancouver Giants forward Evander Kane has rejoined the squad after Dana Tyrell suffered a significant knee injury during Friday's pre-tournament victory over Team Sweden.  The Prince George Citizen is reporting that the injury has likely ended Tyrell's tournament.

The 17-year old Kane was among the final cuts made by Team Canada and many were shocked that he wasn't originally chosen when the roster was announced.

The Vancouver native is enjoying a fantastic season with the Giants as he is sixth in the WHL in scoring with 22 goals and 26 assists in 28 games.

If Tyrell's tournament is in fact over it would be doubly heart-breaking for the Prince George Cougar sniper as he was hampered by a knee strain last year and failed to make the final roster.

Canada hopes to have Kane in the lineup Sunday when they face Finland in another exhibition contest.  Canada's first official game at the World Junior tournament takes place on Boxing Day against the Czech Republic.

The following line combinations were used during Saturday's practice:

Boychuk - Hodgson - Eberle

Benn - Tavares - DiDomenico

Esposito - Sonne - Ennis

Subban - Cormier - Della Rovere