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Team Canada picks final roster for World Juniors

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Rob Williams Dec 15, 2016 6:46 am 1,127

Hockey Canada has made their decision and announced their selection of 22 players who will represent our country at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.

There are five returnees from last year’s tournament, with Coquitlam’s Mathew Barzal (Seattle, WHL), Thomas Chabot of Saint-Marie-de-Beauce (Saint John, QMJHL), Julien Gauthier from Pointe-aux Trembles (Val-d’Or, QMJHL), Peterborough product Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw, OHL), and Mississauga native Dylan Strome (Erie, OHL).

“We’ve had a great selection camp, and I can see this group of players really beginning to work together and getting better every day,” said head coach Dominique Ducharme. “It’s never easy to make the difficult decisions of releasing players, and that’s a testament to Canada’s depth of talent. Kris, Tim and I are looking forward to continuing to work with these players to fine-tune our game and be ready when we start the tournament on Boxing Day.”

Five players got bad news on Wednesday as the final cuts for this year’s team, including Canadiens goaltending prospect Michael McNiven, defencemen Guillaume Brisebois (Canucks) and Samuel Girard (Nashville), and forwards Sam Steel (Ducks) and Zach Senyshyn (Bruins).

Unlike last year when the Canucks loaned Jake Virtanen to the tournament, Canada did not get any help from NHL clubs, as teams have chosen to keep their junior-aged players this year.

Team Canada opens the tournament against Russia on Boxing Day at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Canada also plays three pre-tournament games: on December 19 in Montreal against Finland, on December 21 in Ottawa against the Czech Republic, and on December 23 in Toronto against Switzerland.

Here’s the full roster:

Name Position Age Current team NHL team
Blake Speers Forward 19 Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) New Jersey
Nicolas Roy Forward 19 Chicoutimi (QMJHL) Carolina
Mitchell Stephens Forward 19 Saginaw (OHL) Tampa Bay
Mathieu Joseph Forward 19 Saint John (QMJHL) Tampa Bay
Dylan Strome Forward 19 Erie (OHL) Arizona
Mathew Barzal Forward 19 Seattle (WHL) Islanders
Anthony Cirelli Forward 19 Oshawa (OHL) Tampa Bay
Julien Gauthier Forward 19 Val-d’Or (QMJHL) Carolina
Michael McLeod Forward 18 Mississauga (OHL) New Jersey
Taylor Raddysh Forward 18 Erie (OHL) Tampa Bay
Tyson Jost Forward 18 U. of North Dakota (NCHC) Colorado
Pierre-Luc Dubois Forward 18 Cape Breton (QMJHL) Columbus
Dillon Dubé Forward 18 Kelowna (WHL) Calgary
Philippe Myers Defence 19 Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) Undrafted
Thomas Chabot Defence 19 Saint John (QMJHL) Ottawa
Noah Juulsen Defence 19 Everett (WHL) Montreal
Jérémy Lauzon Defence 19 Rouyn-Noranda (QMJHL) Boston
Kale Clague Defence 18 Brandon (WHL) Los Angeles
Jake Bean Defence 18 Calgary (WHL) Carolina
Dante Fabbro Defence 18 Boston University (HE) Nashville
Connor Ingram Goaltender 19 Kamloops (WHL) Tampa Bay
Carter Hart Goaltender 18 Everett (WHL) Philadelphia
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Rob Williams
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