World News – CA – Hockey Canada announces the line-up of the men’s junior team ahead of the Edmonton World Cup


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Hockey Canada selected 25 players on Friday to represent the host country at the Junior Ice Hockey World Championship in Edmonton.

Three goalkeepers, eight defenders and 14 strikers were selected from a selection camp of 46 for the tournament in December. 25 to Jan. . 5 at Rogers Place.

Six are veterans of the 2020 Canadian team that won gold in Ostrava, Czech Republic: strikers Quinton Byfield, Dylan Cozens, Connor McMichael, Dawson Mercer and defenders Bowen Byram and Jamie Drysdale.

Nine games in the Western Hockey League, eight in the Ontario Hockey League, four in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and three ice skates for NCAA Division 1 schools.

The New York Rangers have not approved Alexis Lafreniere, the first choice in this year’s NHL draft, for the Canadian team.

Choosing this year’s Canadian team has been difficult for staff and tough for players due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All players were isolated in their hotel rooms for 14 days in the middle of the selection camp as two tested positive for the virus.

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Five players were released for health reasons before selection camp resumed Tuesday in Red Deer, Alta.

Less scouting data was available on players as the WHL and OHL have not played a game this season. Pandemic disruptions have plagued the QMJHL.

There was no annual Canada-Russia series in which each of these leagues played two games against a Russian team. The summer camp was virtual because of the pandemic.

« I think everyone understands that this has not been a normal year for evaluating the players to put this team together under difficult circumstances, » said Allan Millar, general manager of Moose Jaw Warriors, who is a member of the executive board of the Canadian team.

« We’re very excited that we’ve got to this point and our 25-man roster and that we’ve got our team. « .

“This group of players gives our coaches a lot of balance. I think this gives our coaches a lot of flexibility in terms of how they want to use the roster. I think this is a quick, nimble, very deep group.

Dylan Garand, Taylor Gauthier and Devon Levi will battle for Canada’s starting goalkeeper in the tournament.

Canada is expected to play before the tournament. 21 and dec. . 23 against Sweden or. Russia.

Dylan Holloway, Peyton Krebs, Alex Newhook, Jakob Pelletier, Cole Perfetti, Jack Quinn, Ryan Suzuki, Philip Tomasino and Connor Zary round off the strikers.

Holloway from Bragg Creek, Alta. was a selection from the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of this year’s draft. He is looking forward to playing for his country at his future NHL home stadium.

« Just thinking that I might have a chance to play there in the future is really great, » said Holloway.

« I’ll be able to be in the Oilers’ locker room and playing Rogers is a very special feeling, so I’m really excited. ”

Justin Barron, Kaiden Guhle, Thomas Harley, Kaedan Korczak, Braden Schneider and Jordan Spencer join Byram and Drysdale on the blue line.

« No fans are the only downside, but it’s going to be very exciting, » said Guhle. « It’s a dream come true. It’s hard to make this team as an 18 year old. ”

Hockey Canada staff allowed Holloway and Guhle’s mothers to video call them to let them know that they had formed the team.

« She cheered and congratulated me and didn’t tell me what she was congratulating me for, so I had to ask her, » Guhle said.

Five days of quarantine and daily tests are waiting for them before they can get on the ice.

« When we get to Edmonton, we will be put back into quarantine. So over the next three days we have time to spend good times together, share a few laughs and be more in a team environment than fighting against each other, ”said Canadian head coach Andre Tourigny.

« We hope to build some chemistry over the next three days and have three good practices as well. ”

The coach noted that his players lacked stamina in Wednesday’s Intrasquad game, which was not surprising after two weeks on the ice.

After another five days of isolation, the Canadian team has little time to improve their fitness on the ice.

« We have to have a good balance between pushing and resting, » said Tourigny. “We can push, but we can’t push until we break.

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World News – CA – Hockey Canada announces men’s junior teams list ahead of Edmonton World Cup


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