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Team Canada World Junior roster set for upcoming tournament

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DH Vancouver Staff Dec 23, 2013 8:34 am

After four straight years of disappointment at the Under-20 World Junior Championship, Canada’s most talented teenagers look to reclaim their spot atop of the hockey world.

On Sunday, head coach Brent Sutter made his final roster cut for the upcoming World Junior tournament that saw the journey of Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward Felix Girard come to an end. Among other final cuts are defenceman Damon Severson of the Kelowna Rockets and Canucks prospect forward Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Though Canada is now down to the 22-player limit, rosters will not be made official until Christmas Day and changes may still occur as result of injury or suspension.

Team Canada’s 2013-14 World Junior roster as it currently stands:

Goaltenders

  • Zachary Fucale – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
    • Second-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2013 (36th overall).
  • Jake Patterson – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
    • Third-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2012 (80th overall).

Defence

  • Adam Pelech – Erie Otters (OHL)
    • Third-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2012 (65th overall).
  • Chris Bigras – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
    • Second-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2013 (32nd overall).
  • Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts (OHL)
    • Draft eligible in 2014
  • Josh Morrissey – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2013 (13th overall).
  • Griffin Reinhart – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2012 (4th overall).
  • Derrick Pouliot – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2012 (8th overall).
  • Mathew Dumba  – Currently playing in the NHL for the Minnesota Wild
    • First-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2012 (7th overall).
    • Named Assistant Captain of Team Canada

Forwards

  • Charles Hudon – Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
    • Fifth-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2012 (122nd overall).
  • Bo Horvat – London Knights (OHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2013 (9th overall).
  • Kerby Rychel – Guelph Storm (OHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013 (19th overall).
  • Taylor Leier – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    • Fourth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012 (117th overall).
  • Nicolas Petan – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
    • Second-round draft pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 2013 (43rd overall).
  • Scott Laughton – Oshawa Generals (OHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012 (20th overall).
    • Named Captain of Team Canada.
  • Frédérik Gauthier – Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013 (21st overall).
  • Sam Reinhart – Kootenay Ice (WHL)
    • Draft eligible in 2014.
  • Josh Anderson – London Knights (OHL)
    • Fourth-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012 (95th overall).
  • Curtis Lazar – Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2013 (17th overall).
  • Jonathan Drouin – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2013 (3rd overall).
    • Named Assistant Captain of Team Canada.
  • Anthony Mantha – Val-d’Or Foreurs (QMJHL)
    • First-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 2013 (20th overall).

 

Canada has not won Gold at the tournament since 2009 and last year they finished fifth, failing to medal for the first time since 1998.

On Boxing Day, the road to redemption begins with Canada facing off against Germany. The game can be seen live from Malmo, Sweden on TSN at 4 a.m. PT.

 

Image: THE CANADIAN PRESS / Nathan Denette

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