By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 12/25/2012

Oklahoma City Barons centerman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins begins play Wednesday at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Nugent-Hopkins, a 6-1, 175-pounder from Burnaby, British Columbia, was the #1 overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was assigned to Oklahoma City in mid-September by the Edmonton Oilers. He has played in 19 games with Oklahoma City and scored 20 points (8-12-20).

At 19 years of age, Nugent-Hopkins is representing his country at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-20 tournament known as the World Junior Championship as captain for Team Canada. Nine players on the Barons roster have represented their countries in the World Junior Championships. They included Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Colten Teubert, Olivier Roy, and Curtis Hamilton for Team Canada, Magnus Paajarvi and Anton Lander for Team Sweden, Teemu Hartikainen for Team Finland and Martin Marincin for Team Slovakia.

NHL Network is scheduled to air 10 games from pool play at the 2013 World Junior championship on a live and delayed basis in the United States. Coverage begins on December 26 at 3:30 a.m. with Canada vs. Germany. NHL Network can be seen in Oklahoma City on channel 263 / 727 (HD) on Cox Cable; channel 215 on DirecTV; channel 157 (HD) / 625 on Dish Network.

Nugent-Hopkins’ Oklahoma City teammates skate in a pair of games following the Christmas holiday. Thursday evening, the Barons take on the Texas Stars at the Cedar Park Center at 7:30 p.m. Following the game Thursday against Texas, the team returns to the Cox Convention Center to take on the San Antonio Rampage. Faceoff is 7 p.m.

A variety of ticket packages are available to meet every individual or group need. Packages ranging from 7-game and 11-game packs to Full Season Seats are available. Call the Barons’ front office at 405-232-4625 for information on group outings, Season Seats and other ticket packages.

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