The players, including five goaltenders, 15 defensemen and 26 forwards, will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship, from December 25 to January. 5 in Edmonton, Alta.
Among the 46 players are six returnees who won gold at the 2020 World Juniors – Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury, OHL), Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, BC / Vancouver, WHL), Dylan Cozens (Whitehorse, YT / Lethbridge, WHL), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto / Erie, OHL), Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./Londres, OHL) and Dawson Mercer (Bay Roberts, NL / Chicoutimi, LHJMQ).
“While this has been a tough year for our athletes and staff, we are delighted to announce the 46 players who will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Salmond . “We know our athletes are thrilled to have the opportunity to defend gold at home this year, and we expect a highly competitive selection camp with a number of tough decisions to make when selecting players. who will wear the maple leaf. in Edmonton in December.
Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp will be held at Westerner Park Centrium, home of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL). To ensure the health and safety of all participants and the community at large, Hockey Canada will closely monitor improved measures regarding team testing and protocols.
Selection camp will include practice and three intrasquad games, as well as six games against a U SPORTS all-star team, between November 28 and December 13, before the team enters the bubble in Edmonton in preparation for the Worlds. 2021 IIHF Junior. Championship. The camp will take place in a cohort bubble and will be closed to the public and the media. Details on media availability throughout the selection camp will be announced at a later date.
“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada has taken important steps to maintain the health and safety of our athletes and our Junior National Team staff, as well as the community in general, during the selection camp and throughout the World Juniors. ”Said Tom Renney, CEO of Hockey Canada. “As much as we would like to allow fans to enter the building to support Team Canada throughout camp, we need to be responsible as we seek to ensure the safety of all parties before teams enter the bubble. in Edmonton.
The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship kicks off on Christmas Day with three games before Canada begins its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcast partners, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and 10 pre-tournament games starting on December 20. TSN Radio will also provide full tournament coverage, including all pre-tournament games and Team Canada tournaments up to the gold medal game.