“The last year has been a good experience and I got to see a lot of the older guys and how they prepare and what it really takes to win a gold medal,” Byfield said during selection camp. . “Hopefully me, along with a few other guys, can bring that veteran presence and pass it on to the other guys and hopefully we can come back here. ”
Joining Team 2020’s Byfield are forwards Dylan Cozens (Buffalo Sabers), Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals) and Dawson Mercer (New Jersey Devils), and defensemen. Bowen Byram (Avalanche du Colorado) et Jamie Drysdale (Anaheim Ducks).
Cozens was tied for third for Canada at WJC 2020 with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in seven games. McMichael was second with five goals.
“There were two parts of our evaluations: what they did in the first six days (of the camp) with us plus the last three, and what they did in the past,” the coach said. from Canada, André Tourigny. “… We had to have a balance between the two because you can’t have an elite player come in and have a bad week, you have to be careful.
WJC 2021 is scheduled from December 25 to January 25. 5, 2021 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, with no supporters present and in a secure area similar to that used by the NHL for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The teams are due to arrive in Edmonton on Sunday.
“We are really proud of our group and really proud of where we ended up today,” said Alan Millar, who heads the Canadian management group. “I think this group of players gives our coaching team a lot of balance. I think that gives our coaching team a lot of flexibility in how they want to use the roster. I think it’s a fast, competent and very deep group. , and our expectations go to Edmonton and defend our gold medal. ”
Canada began their selection camp on November 17 with 46 players, but had to suspend activities for two weeks from November 25 after two players tested positive for the coronavirus. The quarantine ended on Tuesday and Canada played intrasquad games on Wednesday and Thursday.
“This camp was unconventional from the start with the number of players invited and the duration of the camp, as well as the adjustment of the schedule due to our two-week closure, but we believe we have selected a group that will give us the best chance to defend our gold medal at home, ”said Millar. “It’s never easy to make decisions to downsize a lineup, especially when each player has dealt with adversity, faced challenges head-on and stayed engaged in the process through our off-ice practices and zoom sessions. .
Chicago Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach is part of the final roster that includes 14 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders.
“Up front, we have a lot of talent, we also have a lot of speed,” said Tourigny. “We want to try to push the pace as much as possible.… From our [defense] body, I think they can skate very well, move the puck. … all our [defensemen] are really good defensively, so I like the makeup of our [defense] body a lot. ”
Canada will play its preliminary round games in Group A, starting with Germany on December 26, followed by games against Slovakia (December 27), Switzerland (December 29) and Finland (December 31).
“It’s definitely one of Team Canada’s very special teams that has never been together here,” said defenseman Kaiden Guhle. “And those tough times kind of made it all possible. So it will be fun to see what the team can do… ”
Nine players were dropped from the roster on Friday: forwards Mavrik Bourque (Dallas Stars), Graeme Clarke (New Jersey Devils), Gage Goncalves (Tampa Bay Lightning), Seth Jarvis (Carolina Hurricanes), Samuel Poulin ( Pittsburgh Penguins) and Jamieson Rees (Carolina Hurricanes) and defensemen Lukas Cormier (Vegas Golden Knights), Ryan O’Rourke (Minnesota Wild) and Donovan Sebrango (Detroit Red Wings).
CANADA WJC LINEUP
GOALS: Dylan Garand, Kamloops, WHL (New York Rangers); Taylor Gauthier, Prince George, WHL (2021 draft eligible); Devon Levi, Northeast, HE (Florida Panthers)
DEFENDERS: Justin Barron, Halifax, LHJMQ (Avalanche du Colorado); Bowen Byram, Vancouver, WHL (Avalanche du Colorado); Jamie Drysdale, Érié, OHL (Anaheim Ducks); Kaiden Guhle, Prince Albert, WHL (Canadiens de Montréal); Thomas Harley, Mississauga, OHL (Stars de Dallas); Kaedan Korczak, Kelowna, WHL (Vegas Golden Knights); Braden Schneider, Brandon, WHL (Rangers de New York); Jordan Spence, Moncton, LHJMQ (Kings de Los Angeles)
BEFORE: Quinton Byfield, Sudbury, OHL (Kings de Los Angeles); Dylan Cozens, Lethbridge, WHL (Sabres de Buffalo); Kirby Dach, Saskatoon, WHL (Blackhawks de Chicago); Dylan Holloway, Wisconsin, BIG10 (Oilers d’Edmonton); Peyton Krebs, Winnipeg, WHL (Vegas Golden Knights); Connor McMichael, Londres, OHL (Capitals de Washington); Dawson Mercer, Chicoutimi, LHJMQ (Devils du New Jersey); Alex Newhook, Boston College, HE (Avalanche du Colorado); Jakob Pelletier, Val-d’Or, LHJMQ (Flames de Calgary); Cole Perfetti, Saginaw, OHL (Jets de Winnipeg); Jack Quinn, Ottawa, OHL (Sabres de Buffalo); Ryan Suzuki, Saginaw, OHL (Hurricanes de la Caroline); Philip Tomasino, Oshawa, OHL (Prédateurs de Nashville); Connor Zary, Kamloops, WHL (Flames de Calgary)