CALGARY - Steve Spott has chosen the 23 players he believes will give Canada the best chance at a gold medal at the upcoming world junior hockey championship. Paul Stastny Jersey . The question is, will he still have them when the tournament opens Dec. 26 in Ufa, Russia? Canadas coach doesnt know that. While theres no end to the NHL lockout in sight yet, theres a feeling not a lot separates the owners and players in negotiations. Earlier this week, the league cancelled games until Dec. 30, but training camps could conceivably start before that if an agreement is suddenly struck. "I am confident, but at the same time I understand some of the decisions that are going to be made as we go forward are really out of our control," Spott said following the announcement of his team. "If Im going to lose sleep, its going to be over a decision Ive made personally. We cant control it. Its unfortunate to a degree, but Id like to think that when we get on the plane on Saturday that well finish with the same group we started with." All countries must submit their tournament rosters on Dec. 25 and no forward or defenceman can be added after that. A goalie can be added during the tournament in the event that one of the two are injured. The Canadian players depart Calgary on Saturday for a pre-competition camp in Finland. They fly to Ufa on Dec. 23. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers is the lone NHL player on the team, but there are others who would have played in the league if the season had started on time. The worst-case scenario for Canada is an NHL club recalls a player after the 25th. The team will then forced to both play a shorter bench in Ufa plus compensate for the loss of an important player. "Is it a great situation? No. There are some players it could affect," Spott said. "But one thing we determined real early was if we had the players we do today, that we were going to take them and we held true to that." So while the NHL lockout puts Canada in the rare position of having its top under-20 talent available to it, it injects uncertainty into preparations. Hockey Canada senior director of operations Scott Salmond is in discussions with the general managers of NHL clubs who have the rights to Canadas players what their plans would be if the lockout quickly ended. "Weve got some people who have committed their players all the way through no matter what happens in the lockout and some others that havent and that were going to continue to talk to," Salmond said. If the NHL resumes, it will be a mad dash to playoff berths and the Oilers have young legs. Salmond says hes spoken to NHL GM Steve Tambellini "its certainly their intention to have Ryan in the lineup when the season resumes." Of the six returning players from the squad that won bronze in the 2012 junior tournament in Alberta, only defenceman Scott Harrington (Pittsburgh) and forward Boone Jenner (Columbus) currently have the green light to play for Canada until the tournament ends Jan. 5. There is not yet the same firm commitment for Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida), Mark Scheifele (Winnipeg), Dougie Hamilton (Boston) and Ryan Strome (New York Islanders). Hockey Canada can only watch and be ready react to what the NHL does. The likelihood of the NHL meddling with Canadas junior team seems to become more remote with every day the lockout continues, but the uncertainty continues. "With that date of Dec. 30 being out there, I dont think that helps us necessarily," Salmond said. "If it was January second, third or fifth, I think it would play more into our favour. Youve got to kind of look at that rolling calendar of cutting games." Spott could recall a player from the final three defencemen or four forwards released Thursday prior to the tournament. "If there should there be a situation where we have to make calls, then were fully prepared with the group we saw today," the coach said. In a year where the team had Canadas best 19-year-olds available, a pair of 17-year-olds made it onto the team. Halifax Moosehead teammates and linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin were among the 13 forwards chosen. On the 1995 and 2005 junior teams also bolstered by lockouts, defenceman Wade Redden (1995) and Sidney Crosby (2005) were the only 17-year-olds on those teams. "We feel this cant be a team selected purely on age," Spott said. "Jonathan and Nathan have proven they can compete at this level. They play against 18 and 19 year olds every night in Halifax. They just re-affirmed what we thought." Anthony Camara, Phillip Danault, Charles Hudson, JC Lipon, Ty Rattie and Brett Ritchie will be Canadas other forwards. Ryan Murphy, Xavier Ouellet, Griffin Reinhart, Morgan Rielly and Tyler Wotherspoon join Hamilton and Harrington on the blue-line. Jordan Binnington, Jake Paterson and Malcolm Subban were the goaltenders selected and all are out of the Ontario Hockey League. The Canadian team is taking a third goaltender to Ufa as insurance against injury to either the starter or backup. Spott had yet to inform the third goalie he would be an alternate. "Its such a special evening for these young men right now thats going to be a little bit of a bittersweet conversation so were going to save that for this week when we sit down with one of those three and have that conversation," Spott said. "Its a special night and I wanted to keep it that way." Canada won five straight gold from 2005 to 2009 and then took silver in 2010 and 2011. Canada dominated the tournaments of 1995 and 2005, so there are high expectations on this team to reclaim gold. "I think its good pressure," said Murphy, a defenceman who made the team on his third try. "Everyone knows how great this team could be so its just preparing us for what everyone expects from us." Along with MacKinnon and Drouin, 19-year-old Lipon is the only other undrafted player on the team. The OHL dominates the team with 11 players, followed by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with six and the Western Hockey League with five and one from the NHL. Notes: Released from the team Thursday were forwards Daniel Catenacci, Mark McNeill, Hunter Shinkaruk and Tom Wilson, defencemen Frank Corrado, Mathew Dumba and Ryan Sproul, as well as goaltender Laurent Brossoit . . . Nugent-Hopkins, chosen first overall by the Oilers in 2011, is the highest draft pick in a lineup that includes 10 first-round draft picks . . . The Boston Bruins lead all draft picks with three. Colorado Avalanche Authentic Jersey . There goes my thinking as a parent that snow days only occurred at school. 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Albert went down with a sprained left knee later in the game. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that an X-ray on the knee came back negative, but Albert will have an MRI exam on Monday. "See how he does here over night," Reid said. Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano sustained a concussion when his head slammed to the turf in the third quarter and did not return. He had caught a touchdown pass earlier in the game. Kansas City safety Kendrick Lewis also left for several plays with a knee injury, though he managed to get treatment during the game and was on the field at the finish. "Im good," he said. "Just a little stinger." Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson went on injured reserve this week after dislocating his right hip in last weeks loss to New England, while defensive end Derek Wolfe was left behind in Denver after he was hospitalized Friday with seizure-like symptoms. Its unknown when Wolfe will be released from the hospital or when hell be cleared to resume football. 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The Broncos did have Knowshon Moreno, who needed a walking boot because of an ankle injury early in the week, and cornerback Champ Bailey, who had missed all but six quarters this season due to a lingering foot injury. Both of them were in the starting lineup. "Were banged up but we have some depth. It shows," said Bailey, who also left for a moment in the first quarter when he got the wind knocked out of him. "Its tough, but weve got some good players in this locker room and theyve stepped up." The Chiefs were missing top pass rusher Justin Houston, who dislocated his right elbow in last weeks loss to San Diego. Swelling prevented him from having an MRI exam until Wednesday, and team trainer Rick Burkholder said Houston is considered "week to week." Fellow linebacker Tamba Hali was active despite dealing with a sprained right ankle. Right guard Jon Asamoah and Fisher, who missed last weeks game with shoulder injuries, were active. 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